Annadatricarita, Annadatri-caritra, Annadātṛcarita, Annadātṛcaritra, Annadatri-carita, Annadatricaritra: 1 definition


Annadatricarita 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.

The Sanskrit terms Annadātṛcarita and Annadātṛcaritra can be transliterated into English as Annadatrcarita or Annadatricarita or Annadatrcaritra or Annadatricaritra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Annadatricharita.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Annadatricarita in Kavya glossary
Source: Shodhganga: Annadatri-carita a citical study

Annadātṛcarita (अन्नदातृचरित) is the name of an epic related myth connected with a regional history written by Prof. K Balarama Panicker as a tribute to Chittira Tirunal Balarama Varma, the last Travancore ruler. The plot of the drama is based on a Sangam period myth connected with the epic Mahābhārata. According to this myth, an ancient Cera ruler Utiyan Ceralatan had conducted a grand feast for the entire army including both Kauravas and Pāṇḍavas throughout the days of Kurukṣetra war without any partiality. In this drama the author introduced Utiyan Ceralātan as Udayavarmakulaśekhara (Vañcīśvara), an ancestor of the Travancore ruler Chittira Tirunal Balarama Varma.

The drama Annadātṛcaritaconsists of five acts. (1) The first act illustrates the arrival of the Śūrasena, the envoy of Yudhiṣṭhira into the Vañci kingdom and the depiction of the beauty of Vañci kingdom. (2) In the second act, the author introduces the King Vañcīśvara and his minister, their meeting with the envoys of Yudhiṣṭhira and Duryodhana and the decision of grand feast. (3) The third act deals with the arrangements for the voyage of Vañcīśvara towards Kurukṣetra. (4) The fourth act is a scene from the Kurukṣetra. In this scene Śakuni the wicked uncle of Duryodhana, tried to tempt Vañcīśvara against the Pāṇḍavas; but the Vañcīśvara refuted his temptation and shouted at him. (5) The final act portrays the royal assembly of Yudhiṣṭhira after his victory in the Kurukṣetra war. In this act, Kṛṣṇa honoured Vañcīśvara with the name ‘Mahānnadātṛ’ (great donor of food) and blessed the king that he will incarnate in the clan of Vañciśvara on the day of ‘citrā’ star in the Kaliyuga.

Thus, in this drama, Prof. K Balarama Panicker amazingly co-related the Sangam myth of grand feast with the contemporary history of Travancore dynasty.

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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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