Virupasharman, Virūpaśarman: 2 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Virūpaśarman can be transliterated into English as Virupasarman or Virupasharman, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Virūpaśarman (विरूपशर्मन्) is name of a Brāhman from Pratiṣṭhāna, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 40. Accordingly, “there lived of old time in Vārāṇasī (Benares) a certain excellent Brāhman named Virūpaśarman, who was deformed and poor. And he, being despondent about his misshapen form and his poverty, went to the grove of ascetics there, and began to practise severe mortification of the flesh, through desire for beauty and wealth”.

The story of Virūpaśarman was narrated by Hariśikha in order to demonstrate that “a wise man is instructed with little effort, but one whose mind is void of discernment is not instructed even with great exertion”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Virūpaśarman, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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