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Hitopadesha is a collection of Sanskrit fables in prose and verse; it is similar to, though distinct from, the Panchatantra. The Sanskrit language ( , ) is a classical language of India, a liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, and one of the 23 official languages of India. ... In its strict sense a fable is a short story or folk tale embodying a moral, which may be expressed explicitly at the end as a maxim. ... The Panchatantra [1] (also spelled Pañcatantra, Sanskrit पञ्चतन्त्र Five Chapters) or Kelileh va Dimneh or Anvar-i-Suhayli [2][3] or The Lights of Canopus (in Persian)[4] or Kalilag and Damnag (in Syriac)[5] or Kalila and Dimna (also Kalilah and Dimnah, Arabic كليلة و دمنة Kalila wa Dimna)[6] or The...


The Hitopadesha is known to be more than a millennium old. Originally written in Sanskrit, its stories have travelled to several parts of the world. The Sanskrit language ( , ) is a classical language of India, a liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, and one of the 23 official languages of India. ...


The work has been translated into most of the major languages of the world. An english translation, rendered by Sir Edwin Arnold , then Principal of Puna College, Pune, India, was published in London[1] in 1861. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Look up translate in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Puṇe (IPA: , Marathi: पुणे) is a city located in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. ... 1861 is a common year starting on Tuesday. ...


See also

The Panchatantra [1] (also spelled Pañcatantra, Sanskrit पञ्चतन्त्र Five Chapters) or Kelileh va Dimneh or Anvar-i-Suhayli [2][3] or The Lights of Canopus (in Persian)[4] or Kalilag and Damnag (in Syriac)[5] or Kalila and Dimna (also Kalilah and Dimnah, Arabic كليلة و دمنة Kalila wa Dimna)[6] or The... A famous 11th century CE collection of Indian legends, fairy tales and folk tales by Somadeva. ... Kelileh va Demneh manuscript copy dated 1429, from Herat, depicts the Jackal trying to lead the lion astray. ...

References & External links

  1. ^ Hitopadesa translated by E. Arnold on the Net

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The Sunday Tribune - Spectrum (1048 words)
The main purpose of producing this great work, as proclaimed by the author in the preface, was to educate the young with the help of interesting stories in the science of ethics and political philosophy and to make them capable of facing challenges which are most common especially at the adolescent stage.
Although Narayana Pandit, the author of Hitopadesha, drew inspiration from various ethical works but a big chunk of its material was adapted from Panchatantra, the oldest anthology containing the stories of birds and animals.
With a view to achieve this object, Vishnu Sharma wrote Hitopadesha, a gateway to the science of morality, to be taught to his privileged pupils so that he could make them the worthy sons of their worthy father.
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