Yashahketu, aka: Yaśaḥketu; 2 Definition(s)

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The Sanskrit term Yaśaḥketu can be transliterated into English as Yasahketu or Yashahketu, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana

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Yaśaḥketu (यशःकेतु).—A King of the city called Śobhāvatī. He was one of the chief characters in the sixth story told by the famous Vetāla in Kathāsaritsāgara.

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Katha (narrative stories)

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1) Yaśaḥketu (यशःकेतु) is the name of an ancient king from Śobhāvatī, as mentioned in the sixth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 80. Accordingly, “... there was a king famous on the earth by the name of Yaśaḥketu, and his capital was a city of the name of Śobhāvatī. And in that city there was a splendid temple of Gaurī, and to the south of it there was a lake, called Gaurītīrtha”.

2) Yaśaḥketu (यशःकेतु) is the name of an ancient king from the Aṅga country (aṅgadeśa), as mentioned in the twelfth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 86. Accordingly, “... in the land of Aṅga there was a young king named Yaśaḥketu, like a second and unburnt God of Love come to earth to conceal his body. He conquered by his great valour all his enemies; and as Indra has Bṛhaspati for a minister, he had Dīrghadarśin. Now, in course of time, this king, infatuated with his youth and beauty, entrusted to that minister his realm, from which all enemies had been eradicated, and became devoted to pleasure only”.

3) Yaśaḥketu (यशःकेतु) is the name of an ancient king from Śivapura, as mentioned in the fifteenth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 89. Accordingly, “... in it [Śivapura] there lived of old time a king rightly named Yaśaḥketu. He devolved upon his minister, named Prajñāsāgara, the burden of his kingdom, and enjoyed himself in the society of his queen, Candraprabhā. And in course of time that king had born to him, by that queen, a daughter named Śaśiprabhā, bright as the moon, the eye of the world”.

The story of Yaśaḥketu is mentioned in the Vetālapañcaviṃśati (twenty-five tales of a vetāla) which is embedded in the twelfth book of the Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’). The main book is a famous Sanskrit epic detailing the exploits of prince Naravāhanadatta in his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The Kathā-sarit-sāgara is is explained to be an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā which consisted of 100,000 verses and in turn forms part of an even larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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Candraprabha
1) Candraprabha (चन्द्रप्रभ).—(See Sūryaprabhā).2) Candraprabhā (चन्द्रप्रभा).—Mother of the wo...
Shashiprabha
Śaśiprabha (शशिप्रभ) participated in the war between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, on the side of the latter...
Shivapura
Śivapura (शिवपुर) is the name of an ancient city situated in Nepāla, as mentioned in the fiftee...
Dirghadarshin
Dīrghadarśin (दीर्घदर्शिन्) is the minister of king Yaśaḥketu from the Aṅga country (aṅgadeśa),...
Mrigankadatta
1) Mṛgāṅkadatta (मृगाङ्कदत्त) is the son of king Amaradatta and Surataprabhā from Ayodhyā, acco...
Prajnasagara
Prajñāsāgara (प्रज्ञासागर) is the minister of king Yaśaḥketu from Śivapura, as mentioned in the...
Medhavati
Medhāvatī (मेधावती) is the wife of Dīrghadarśin: a minister of king Yaśaḥketu from the Aṅga cou...

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