The backdrop of the Srikanthacarita and the Mankhakosa

by Dhrubajit Sarma | 2015 | 94,519 words

This page relates “Alamkara (27): Sahokti or connected description” 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 5aa - Alaṃkāra (27): Sahokti or connected description

When a single expression by the force of a term denoting conjunction, signifies two facts, it is Sahokti, provided Hyperbole be at the basis of it.[1] This means, when a word conveying, by virtue of the power of denotation, a meaning connected with one thing, also conveys a meaning connected with another thing by the force of some word like saha, sārdhaṃ, sākaṃ etc. it is Sahokti. As for example, in the verse, śanaiḥ śanairmānavatīkavoṣṇa[2] ……, it has been stated that the day hour of the spring season gradually becomes prolonged along with the increased sighs of the separated women. Again, the nights are shortened or weakened with the lesser hope of their lives. The word sārdhaṃ has also been used, here in this instance; hence it is a perfect example of the figure Sahokti.

Footnotes and references:


sahāthasya balādekaṃ yatra syādvācakaṃ dvayoḥ/
sā sahoktirmūlabhūtātiśayoryadā bhavet//
Sāhityadarpaṇa., X. 54


śanaiḥ śanairmānavatīkavoṣṇaśvāsormibhiḥ sārdhamavardhatāhaḥ/
niśīthinī kārśyadaśāṃ viyogijīvāśayā sārdhamapi prapede// Śrīkaṇṭhacarita., VI. 7

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