The backdrop of the Srikanthacarita and the Mankhakosa

by Dhrubajit Sarma | 2015 | 94,519 words

This page relates “Alamkara (11): Kavyalinga or poetical cause” as it appears in the case study regarding the Srikanthacarita and the Mankhakosa. The Shrikanthacarita was composed by Mankhaka, sometimes during A.D. 1136-1142. The Mankhakosa or the Anekarthakosa is a kosa text of homonymous words, composed by the same author.

Part 5k - Alaṃkāra (11): Kāvyaliṅga or poetical cause

Kāvyaliṅga or poetical cause occurs when a reason is implied either in a sentence or a word.[1] In the verse, aṃśavastava niśākara nūnaṃ[2] …….., it has been stated that surely, the moon-light must have been made from the parts of the Ketaka plant. The reason is the plant Ketaka is of pale-white complexion as well as it bears thorn. The moonbeams prick one, suffering by the pang of separation, like the thorn of that said plant. Therefore, the poet imagines that the creator must have made the moon-beam out of the Ketaka plant. Thus, the verse under consideration fulfils the norms of the figure Kāvyaliṅga. Some more examples are—puṣpāvṛtāṅgo nibiḍālinādaḥ[3] ……, mṛḍhamauliśaśāṅkaraśmibhir[4] …….., sāyamarcanavidhiṃ vitenire[5] ……, ambudherudagamadvidhubhaṅgyā[6] ……., rātrirāja sukumāraśarīraḥ[7] ……, yuktamāha dayito mama[8] ……, citraṃ kathaṃcitkila[9].…...

Footnotes and references:


hetorvākyapadārthatve kāvyaliṅgaṃ nigadyate/
Sāhityadarpaṇa., X. 62


Śrīkaṇṭhacarita., XI. 57


Ibid., VI. 27


Ibid., VIII. 11


Ibid., X. 18


Ibid., XI. 58


Ibid., XI. 59


Ibid., XI. 60


Ibid., XX. 14

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