Anangadeva, Anaṅgadeva: 1 definition


Anangadeva means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Anaṅgadeva (अनङ्गदेव) is the name of a messenger (dūta) of king Mahendrāditya from Avanti, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 120. Accordingly, as Bhadrāyudha said to king Vikramāditya: “... your Majesty dispatched Vikramaśakti with an army to conquer the southern region and other territories, and then sent to him a messenger named Anaṅgadeva; that messenger has now returned, and is at the gate with another, and his delighted face announces good tidings, my lord”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Anaṅgadeva, 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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