Sringa is an Ancient Indian musical instrument. In an answer to my previous question, it was pointed out that Mahabharat contains a reference to a ruler of the kingdom of Stri Rajya, also known as Sringa.

With respect to this context, I have a few questions.

  • What is the etymology of the word "Sringa"?

  • Is there any connection between the two examples for the name (like the ruler getting the name for being an adept player of the instrument etc.)?

  • What does the Natya Shastra say about the musical instrument Sringa?

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    Shringa means just a horn. It could be named because it looked like a horn. In English, it is called blowhorn and I don't think this has anything to do with that ruler named Shringa. – Sarvabhouma Mar 28 '18 at 18:30
  • @Sarvabhouma So does the ruler's name also mean horn? – MathGod Mar 29 '18 at 7:32
  • Shringa means a horn of an animal, a mountain peak, highest point, pinnacle, bow horn, point of supremacy and some meanings based on he context. The only meaning that fits here for musical instrument is blow horn. We don't know about that ruler. I don't understand why you are linking that ruler and musical instrument. There were blow horns and kettle drums before the time of Mahabharata also. – Sarvabhouma Mar 29 '18 at 7:42
  • I was asking since there are a lot of examples in Indian epics and history about the name being based on a famous place/instrument/tribe etc. I suspect Rishi Panini's name is also like that. See this : hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/24501/… – MathGod Mar 29 '18 at 10:32
  • Another example is the Saka clan, which is based on Saka tree. So if the ruler's name is indeed connected to the instrument, we can just search the earliest uses of the instrument in the world and get an approximate location of Strirajya. – MathGod Mar 29 '18 at 10:35

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