Anuragapara, Anurāgaparā: 1 definition


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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Anurāgaparā (अनुरागपरा) is the name of a Vidyādharī from Puṣkarāvatī who appeared before the merchant’s son named Niścayadatta, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 37. Accordingly, as Anurāgaparā came out visibly from the pillar: “there is a city called Puṣkarāvatī on a peak of the Himālayas; in it there lives a king named Vindhyapara. I am his maiden daughter, named Anurāgaparā. I came to worship Mahākāla, and rested here to-day. And thereupon you [Niścayadatta] came here and were beheld by me anointing your back on this pillar, resembling the stupefying weapon of the God of Love”.

The story of Anurāgaparā and Niścayadatta was narrated by Gomukha in order to demonstrate that “it is true that chaste women are few and far between, but unchaste women are never to be trusted”.

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