Amaragupta: 2 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Amaragupta (अमरगुप्त).—He was the minister of King Vikramasiṃha who ruled over Avanti in olden times. (Kathāsaritsāgara, Madana Mañcuka lambaka, First Taraṅga).

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Amaragupta (अमरगुप्त) was a minister of Vikramasaṃha: an ancient king of Ujjayinī: a city and dwelling-place of Śiva, situated in Avanti, as mentioned in the “story of king Vikramasiṃha and the two Brāhmans”, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 27. Accordingly, “then his [Vikramasiṃha’s] minister Amaragupta, who discovered his longing, said to him incidentally in the course of conversation: ‘King, it is not hard for kings to incur guilt, if through pride in their strong arms, and confidence in their skill in the use of weapons, they even long for enemies’.”.

The story of Amaragupta and Vikramasiṃha was narrated to Tārādattā by her husband king Kaliṅgadatta in order to demonstrate that “actions which are really distinguished by great courage produce fruit, since prosperity follows on courage” as well as that “prosperity dwells for men even in questionable deeds, if they are the outcome of great courage”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Amaragupta, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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