Anantavati, Anantavatī, Āṉantavāti: 1 definition


Anantavati means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Tamil. 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

Anantavatī (अनन्तवती) is the wife of king Kanakavarṣa from Kuṇḍina (a city situated in Vidarbha), according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 55. Accordingly, as the painter Roladeva said to king Kanakavarṣa: “... and he [Kanakavarṣa] has a queen named Anantavatī, dearer to him than life, and by her there was born to him a daughter named Madanasundarī”.

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