The backdrop of the Srikanthacarita and the Mankhakosa

by Dhrubajit Sarma | 2015 | 94,519 words

This page relates “Alamkara (13): Apahnuti or concealment” 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 5m - Alaṃkāra (13): Apahnuti or concealment

The denial of the real nature of a thing and the ascription of an alien, or imaginary character, constitute the figure Apahnuti or concealment.[1] Again, if having somehow given expression to some secret object, one should construe his words differently, either by a paronomasia or otherwise, it too is Apahnuti.[2] In the verse, nṛtyadbhavapadakṣuṇṇayatkṣoṇī[3] ……., it is narrated that while dancing at the evening time, the dust those have been raised by the striking of the feet of Lord Śiva, take the form of the stars and positioned there in the sky. Thus, here in this verse, there is the attribution of the character of the stars and denial of the real nature of the dust; hence, the stanza referred here is an illustration of the figure Apahnuti. A few examples of Apahnuti found in the Śrīkaṇṭhacarita are—palāśaraktārdranakhe[4] ……., madhyenabhaḥ kauśikavadvitīyaṃ[5] …….., malayajarajasā hṛtāvakāśaṃ[6] ……...

Footnotes and references:


prakṛtaṃ pratiṣidhyānyasthāpanaṃ syādapahnutiḥ/ Sāhityadarpaṇa., X. 37


gopanīyaṃ kamapyarthaṃ dyotayitvā kathañcana//
yadi śleṣeṇānyathā vānyathayet sāpyapahnutiḥ/ Ibid., X. 38


sanibhena nabho nūnaṃ naktamupāsate// Śrīkaṇṭhacarita., IV. 14


Ibid., VI. 8


Ibid., VI. 56


Ibid., VII. 16

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