Saket

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In Sanskrit, Saket (Sanskrit: साकेत) means Heaven, thus a place where God resides. Saket can be alternatively used for Heaven or Vaikuntha in Hindu mythology, where liberated souls dwell.[1] In some texts, Saket is mentioned as the ancient name of the city of Ayodhya,[2] an important Hindu religious place, said to be the birthplace of Lord Rama, the hero of epic Ramayana. Also Ajanavana, an ancient forest (deer park) near Saket (Ayodhya) was where Gautam Buddha once stayed and preached.[3]

In literature[edit]

Saket (1932), a famous Hindi epic poem by Maithili Sharan Gupt, a modern-version of Ramcharitmanas, which described an ideal Hindu society and Rama as an ideal man.[4][5] It is an account of the Ramayana through the eyes of Urmila, daughter of King Janaka of Mithila and the younger sister of Sita, who later became wife of Lakshmana.

When used as a name Saket is usually spelled as "Saket". Many sources claim that "Saket" means an ambitious man/boy, who likes striving towards a goal by themselves.[citation needed]

In Buddhism[edit]

In Buddhism, the place is thought to be where the sons of Okkaka founded a city.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Tulasīdāsa (1989). Gosvāmī Tulasīdāsakr̥ta Śrīrāmacaritamānasa. Motilal Banarsidass Publishe. pp. 892–. ISBN 978-81-208-0443-2. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  2. ^ K. D. Bajpai; Rasesh Jamindar; P. K. Trivedi (Archaeologist.); Ramanlal Nagarji Mehta (2000). Gleanings of Indian archaeology, history, and culture: Prof. Dr. R.N. Mehta commemoration volume. Publication Scheme. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Gaṅgā Rām Garg (1992). Encyclopaedia of the Hindu World: Ak-Aq. Concept Publishing Company. pp. 491–. ISBN 978-81-7022-375-7. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Kuśa Satyendra (2000). Dictionary Of Hindu Literature. Sarup & Sons. pp. 71–. ISBN 978-81-7625-159-4. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Gilbert Pollet (1995). Indian Epic Values: Rāmāyaṇa and Its Impact : Proceedings of the 8th International Rāmāyaṇa Conference, Leuven, 6-8 July 1991. Peeters Publishers. pp. 198–. ISBN 978-90-6831-701-5. Retrieved 25 July 2013.