Yasholekha, Yaśolekhā: 4 definitions


Yasholekha 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 Yaśolekhā can be transliterated into English as Yasolekha or Yasholekha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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

Yaśolekhā (यशोलेखा) is the head-queen of king Pratāpasena who, together with king Samarabāla conspired in a campaign against king Camarabāla according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 54. Accordingly, “... and the king [Camarabāla ] made Yaśolekhā an inmate of his own harem, on the ground that she, being the wife of Pratāpasena, was captured according to the custom of the Kṣatriyas”.

The story of Yaśolekhā was narrated to Naravāhanadatta by Gomukha in order to demonstrate that “a brave man, though unsupported, conquers in the front of battle even many enemies coming against him in fight, distracted with hate, and not considering the resources of themselves and their foe, and by his surpassing bravery puts a stop to the fever of their conceit and pride”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Yaśolekhā, 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»] — Yasholekha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Yaśolekhā (यशोलेखा):—[=yaśo-lekhā] [from yaśo > yaśas] f. Name of a princess, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

[Sanskrit to German]

Yasholekha in German

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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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