Astadiggaja

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Etymology[edit]

From Sanskrit अष्ट (aṣṭa, eight) + दिक् (dik, direction) + गज (gaja, elephant)

Proper noun[edit]

Astadiggaja (plural Astadiggajas)

  1. (Hinduism) A term applied to the eight male elephants standing guard over the eight zones.
  2. (historical) (plural only) A collective term given to eight Telugu poets in the court of emperor Sri Krishna Deva Raya in the 16th century.

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References[edit]

  1. Puranic Encyclopedia: a comprehensive dictionary with special reference to the epic and Puranic literature, Vettam Mani, Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi, 1975, p. 62.