upanāyaka उपनायक

Definition: उपनायक a. Leading to. -कः 1 (उप गौणो नायकः) A character in a dramatic or any other work of art next in importance to the hero; (नायकस्य गुणोत्कर्षकथका उपनायकाः); e. g. Lakṣmaṇa in Rāmāyaṅa; Makaranda in Mālatimādhava &c. &c. -2 A paramour.


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