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English Prose Translation of “Abhijnaana Saakuntalam of Kalidasa” by Sir Monier Williams (1819–1899).

The term Shakuntala means one who is brought up by birds (Shakun). There are references stating that Shakuntala was found by Rishi Kanva in forest as a baby surrounded by or as some believe being fed by birds, after being left by her mother, Menaka.

In Hindu mythology Sakuntala is the mother of Emperor Bharata and the wife of Dushyanta who was the founder of the Paurav Dynasty. Her story is told in the Mahabarata, Adi Parva and was dramatized by Kalidasa in his play Abhijnaana Saakuntalam (The Recognition of Sakuntala).

Kālidāsa is widely regarded as the greatest poet and dramatist in the Sanskrit language. His place in Sanskrit literature is akin to that of Shakespeare in English. His plays and poetry are primarily based on Hindu mythology and philosophy.


29 Responses to “Sakuntala of Kalidasa – English Translation”

  1. Ashish Kumar Jaiswal says:

    Congratulations for your wonderful website.

    A Request
    Could you please post a Hindi translation of the above work: Kalidasa’s Shakuntala.


  2. Ashish Jaiswal says:

    Thanks a lot for your excellent service

  3. Rajesh kumar gupta says:

    Where can one find a down load of english translation of Shiv puran by kalidas. If not english then Hindi ? Please help .

    • blogadmin says:

      I have not heard about Siva Puran authored by Kalidasa. Are you sure that Kalidasa has written a book named “Siva Purana”? Did you mean “Kumara Sambhava”?

  4. priyamvada says:

    Good that I found this book.
    Could any one tell me whether there is any telugu translation for this book.

  5. shanti patel says:

    excellent work done ! superb..
    whre would i find original sanskrit text alongwith translation in hindi ? can anyone guide me ?
    once again Thanks excellent work done here..
    Hari OM TATSAT

    • bharateeya says:

      Shanti Patel,

      There are several Hindi translations of Sakuntalam with Sanskrit text available at DLI – Digital Library of India – dli.gov.in
      You could download books from DLI in PDF format using DLI Downloader, a free software available at aupasana.com

  6. shanti patel says:

    i have posted this entry at 3.28 AM on October 7,2012 then how come it shows different date & timing ? My system updates are ok !

  7. mahabala rao says:

    is it there drama of hanuma kavi hanumannatakam or mahanatakam ?

  8. Frederick says:

    I read the email exchange: “Both the books, Hanumannatakam and Mahanatakam, are available at DLI. NAMASTE HOW CAN I GET THOSE BOOKS ( HANUMANNATAKAM OR MAHANATAKAM ). I have sent you a mail with detailed instructions for downloading the books.

    I am also interested in obtaining a English language version of Hanumannatakam and Mahanatakam. Are these available and how can i obtain them.

    thank you


  9. Shekar says:

    Who’s translation in Kannada shkuntala drama

  10. Krishana says:

    What is the difference between the two books wrote in English and Sanskrit of Shankutala.

    • bharateeya says:

      Your question is not clear. If you are asking about the difference between the works of Kalidasa and Monier Williams, ‘Abhijnana Sakuntalam’ by Kalidasa is an original work in Sanskrit while Monier Williams’s work is only an English translation of Kalidasa’s Sakuntalam.

  11. M.kriahnakumar says:

    Any Tamil commentary on abignana sakuntalam except nakai vefachalam available

  12. M.krishnakumar says:

    Any Tamil word to word Sanskrit meaning of abginjnana sakuntalam by kalidoss

  13. Vinay S says:

    Where can I get only Sanskrit text of Abhijyana shankuntala plz help me .

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