vetālapañcaviṃśatikā वेतालपञ्चविंशतिका

Definition: f. a collection of 25 tales or fables told by a vetāla- or demon to king vikramāditya- (of which there are 5 recensions extant, one by kṣemendra- in his bṛhat-kathā-mañjarī-, one by soma-deva- in the kathā-sarit-sāgara-, and the other three by jambhala-datta-, vallabha-, and śiva-dāsa-;versions of these popular tales exist in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, and almost every Hindu vernacular).

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