Yantrastri, Yantrastrī, Yantra-stri: 1 definition


Yantrastri means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: academia.edu: Bhoja’s Mechanical Garden

Yantrastrī (यन्त्रस्त्री) refers to “mechanical women”, as mentioned the Yaśastilakacampū (by Somadevasūri) while describing the Yantradhārāgṛha (“mechanical fountain house”).—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—[...] 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; [...] Moving automata like these begin to appear with sporadic but persistent frequency in Sanskrit story literature from the end of the first millennium.

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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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