Vishamashila, Viṣamaśīla, Visamasila, Vishama-shila: 3 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Viṣamaśīla can be transliterated into English as Visamasila or Vishamashila, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

1) Viṣamaśīla (विषमशील) is the name of the eighteenth book of the Kathāsaritsāgara, written by Somadeva in the 11th-century.

2) Viṣamaśīla (विषमशील) is another name for Vikramāditya, the son of king Mahendrāditya and an incarnation of the Gaṇa named Mālyavat, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 120. Accordingly, as Śiva said to king Mahendrāditya: “... I am pleased with thee, King: so a son shall be born to thee, who by his might shall conquer the earth with all its divisions; and that hero shall reduce under his sway the Yakṣas, Rākṣasas, Piśācas and others—even those that move in the air and dwell in Pātāla—and shall slay the hosts of the Mlecchas; for this reason he shall be named Vikramāditya, and also Viṣamaśīla, on account of his stern hostility to his enemies”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Viṣamaśīla, 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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Viṣamaśīla (विषमशील).—a. cross-tempered, peevish, perverse.

Viṣamaśīla is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms viṣama and śīla (शील).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Viśamaśīla (विशमशील).—mfn.

(-laḥ-lā-laṃ) 1. Uneven. 2. Uneasy. E. viṣama, śīla having.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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