Simhansa Dvatrimisika

Simhansa Dvatrimisika

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Author: A N D Haksar
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 1997
Language: English
Pages: 194
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0140447482


These famous stories narrated by the thirty two statuettes of nymphs supporting the magic throne of Vikramaditya extol his courage, compassion and extraordinary magnanimity.

The original author of the Simhasana Dvatrimsika is unknown. The present text is dated to the thirteenth century AD. It exists in four main recessions, from which extracts have been compiled together for the first time, in this lively and faithful translation of this celebrated classic by a renowned Sanskritist.

The fabled monarch Vikramaditya is considered model of kindly virtues and his reign a golden age. The engrossing stories are set in a framework recounting the myths of his birth, accession, adventures and death in battle, after which the throne remained concealed till its discovery in a later age. A fascinating mix of marvelous happenings, proverbial wisdom and sage precepts, these popular tales are designed to entertain as well as instruct. Many have passed into folk literature.