Yashahketu, Yaśaḥketu: 3 definitions

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Yashahketu 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.

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

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

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.

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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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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

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.

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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-English dictionary

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

Yaśaḥketu (यशःकेतु):—[=yaśaḥ-ketu] [from yaśaḥ > yaśas] ([Kathāsaritsāgara]) m. Name of a prince.

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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. 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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