Yajnasoma, Yajñasoma: 4 definitions



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Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Yajnasoma in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

1) Yajñasoma (यज्ञसोम) is the name of a Brāhman from the country of Mālava whose story is told in the “story of Śridatta and Mṛgāṅkavatī”, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 10. Yajñasoma had two sons, named Kālanemi and Vigatabhaya.

2) Yajñasoma (यज्ञसोम) is the name of a Brāhman from Pāṭaliputra, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 61. Accordingly, “... there were two Brāhmans, brothers, in the city of Pāṭaliputra; the elder was called Yajñasoma and the younger Kīrtisoma. And those two young Brāhmans had much wealth derived from their father. Kīrtisoma increased his share by business, but Yajñasoma exhausted his by enjoying and giving”.

3) Yajñasoma (यज्ञसोम) is the name of a Brāhman living on Yajñasthala (a royal grant in Śobhāvatī), twenty-third story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 97. Accordingly, “... there [on Yajñasthala] lived on it a very wealthy Brāhman who had mastered the Vedas, whose name was Yajñasoma. He maintained a sacrificial fire, and honoured guests and the gods. After his youth was past, there was born to him by his wife, who was in every way a suitable match for him, an only son, the child of a hundred wishes”.

Yajñasoma from Yajñasthala is also mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 114. Accordingly, “...  there is on this earth a royal grant to Brāhmans, named Yajñasthala. In it there lived a rich and virtuous Brāhman named Yajñasoma. In his middle age he had two sons born to him; the name of the elder was Harisoma and of the younger Devasoma. They passed through the age of childhood, and were invested with the sacred thread, and then the Brāhman, their father, lost his wealth, and he and his wife died”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Yajñasoma, 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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[«previous next»] — Yajnasoma in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Yajñasoma (यज्ञसोम):—[=yajña-soma] [from yajña > yaj] m. Name of various Brāhmans, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Yajñasoma (यज्ञसोम):—m. Nomen proprium verschiedener Brahmanen.

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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 (even English!). 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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