Anangamanjari, Anaṅgamañjarī: 1 definition


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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

1) Anaṅgamañjarī (अनङ्गमञ्जरी) is the daughter of king Anaṅgodaya from Haṃsadvīpa, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 73. Accordingly, as Gaṇeśa said to his Gaṇas: “... now there is an island named Haṃsadvīpa in the western sea (aparāmbhas); and in it is a king named Anaṅgodaya, and he has a lovely daughter named Anaṅgamañjarī. And that daughter of his, being devoted to me, always offers to me this petition, after she has worshipped me: ‘Holy one, give me a husband who shall be the lord of the whole earth’”.

2)Anaṅgamañjarī (अनङ्गमञ्जरी) is the daughter of Arthadatta: a merchant from Viśālā, according to the twenty-first story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 95. Accordingly, “... and to him [Arthadatta] there was born a daughter named Anaṅgamañjarī, who was exhibited on earth by the Creator as a likeness of a heavenly nymph. And that merchant gave her to the son of a distinguished merchant dwelling in Tāmraliptī, and named Maṇivarman. But as he was very fond of his daughter Anaṅgamañjarī, because she was his only child, he would not let her leave his house, but kept her there with her husband”.

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