Yajnasthala, Yajñasthala, Yajna-sthala: 4 definitions



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Kavya (poetry)

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

1) Yajñasthala (यज्ञस्थल) is the name of a field (royal grant) as mentioned in the “story of the Brāhman and the Piśāca”, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 28. The story of Yajñasthala was narrated to Somaprabhā by Kaliṅgasenā in order to demonstrate “the evil importunity of Piśācas” and that “some young princes are just like them, and, though conciliated, produce misfortune...; but they can be guarded against by counsel”.

Yajñasthala (यज्ञस्थल) as the name of a royal grant (agrahāra) situated in Śobhāvatī, is also mentioned in the twenty-second story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 96. Accordingly, “... in a certain part of that town [Śobhāvatī] there was a grant named Yajñasthala, given by that king [Pradyumna], on which many Brāhmans were settled. There lived on it a very wealthy Brāhman who had mastered the Vedas, whose name was Yajñasoma”.

2) Yajñasthala (यज्ञस्थल) is the name of an ancient village (pura), according to the twenty-third story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 97. Accordingly, as the sons of Viṣṇusvāmin said to each other: “we have no means of support here, so why should we not go hence to the house of our maternal grandfather in the village named Yajñasthala?”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Yajñasthala, 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 dictionary

[«previous next»] — Yajnasthala in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Yajñasthala (यज्ञस्थल):—[=yajña-sthala] [from yajña > yaj] n. = -bhūmi, [Catalogue(s)]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of an Agra-hāra, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

3) [v.s. ...] of a Grāma, [ib.]

4) [v.s. ...] of a town, [Catalogue(s)]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Yajñasthala (यज्ञस्थल):—(yajña + sthala) n.

1) Opferstätte [Oxforder Handschriften 138,b,18.] —

2) Nomen proprium eines Agrahāra [Kathāsaritsāgara 28, 156. 97, 7. 114, 83.] eines Grāma [96, 8.] einer Stadt [Oxforder Handschriften 153,a,8.]

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

Yajñasthala (यज्ञस्थल):—n.

1) Opferstätte.

2) Nomen proprium — a) eine Agrahāra. — b) eines Dorfes. — c) einer Stadt.

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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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