Yantradharagriha, Yantradhārāgṛha, Yantra-dharagriha: 5 definitions



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The Sanskrit term Yantradhārāgṛha can be transliterated into English as Yantradharagrha or Yantradharagriha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: academia.edu: Bhoja’s Mechanical Garden

Yantradhārāgṛha (यन्त्रधारागृह) refers to a “mechanical fountain house”, as mentioned in his Śṛṅgāramañjarīkathā (“Stories for Śṛṅgāramañjarī”).—[...] Bhoja’s description of his mechanical fountain house (yantradhārāgṛha) actually occupies most of the scene-setting narrative—and his description of it merits closer consideration. It seems to have been a structure of immense ingenuity, the chief feature of which, as its name indicates, was water, or water jets (dhārā), to be precise.

[Regarding the yantradhārāgṛha,] the poet describes a walled structure with doors and pillars, a roof, a central courtyard and pond, most of which was sheltered from the sun. Inside was a vast system of fountains, streams, and jets and a large number of artificial objects. The walls, floors, pillars, and seats were covered with inlaid jewels. The atmosphere, cooled by the mist from the water jets, shaded by the building, and illuminated by the many jewel-studded surfaces, gave the overall impression of space bathed in moonlight.

Yantradhārāgṛha (“mechanical fountain house”) is also mentioned in the Yaśastilakacampū composed by the learned Jain elder Somadevasūri at the court of a Rāṣṭrakūṭa underlord in 959 CE.—One of the chief characters of the story, in describing his palace in an earlier birth as a king, tells of a wondrous “mechanical fountain house” (yantradhārāgṛha), which the court resorted to in the harsh heat of the summer, that was populated by a host of rare, artificial, and mechanical devices—“watery” beds on the raised floors of pavilion-islands amid the pools within the fountain house; vessels of gold gems and silver containing scented water; mechanical clouds (yantrajaladhāra) that watered surrounding plants; artificial lotus stalks made of moonstone that emitted streams of water through small holes; artificial snakes that pulsed water from their mouths in rhythmic fashion; artificial monkeys that showered water jets from their mouths; and most spectacularly, once again, mechanical women (yantrastrī) who sprayed cool sandalwood-scented water from their fingernails, nipples, eyelids, earrings, girdles, or navels, when touched in various places, like fabulous soap dispensers.

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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»] — Yantradharagriha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Yantradhārāgṛha (यन्त्रधारागृह).—a room fitted with shower-bath; a bath-room.

Derivable forms: yantradhārāgṛham (यन्त्रधारागृहम्).

Yantradhārāgṛha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms yantra and dhārāgṛha (धारागृह).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Yantradhārāgṛha (यन्त्रधारागृह).—[Yantra-dhārā-], n. a bathing room with flowing water, [Bhartṛhari, (ed. Bohlen.)] 1, 38; [Meghadūta, (ed. Gildemeister.)] 62.

Yantradhārāgṛha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms yantradhārā and gṛha (गृह).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Yantradhārāgṛha (यन्त्रधारागृह).—[neuter] a room with a shower-bath, a bathing-room; [abstract] tva [neuter]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Yantradhārāgṛha (यन्त्रधारागृह):—[=yantra-dhārā-gṛha] [from yantra > yam] n. a room fitted up with a kind of shower-bath, a bath-room (-tva n.), [Meghadūta]

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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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