Bahusuvarnaka, Bahusuvarṇaka: 6 definitions

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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Bahusuvarnaka in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

1) Bahusuvarṇaka (बहुसुवर्णक) is he name of a royal district granted to Brāhmans by royal charter, located on the bank of the Ganges, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 7.

2) Bahusuvarṇaka (बहुसुवर्णक) is the name of an ancient king from Kautukapura according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 54. Accordingly, “... there was in old time in this country a city named Kautukapura. In it there lived a king called Bahusuvarṇaka,[14] rightly named. And he had a young Kṣatriya servant named Yaśovarman. To that man the king never gave anything, though he was generous by nature”.

The story of Bahusuvarṇaka was told by an astrologer to king Samarabāla and four others in order to demonstrate that “a smaller fortune, accompanied with enjoyment, is to be preferred to a great fortune, which, though great, is devoid of enjoyment and therefore useless”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Bahusuvarṇaka, 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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Bahusuvarnaka in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Bahusuvarṇaka (बहुसुवर्णक).—An ancient city on the bank of the Ganges (Kathāsaritsāgara).

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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India history and geography

[«previous next»] — Bahusuvarnaka in India history glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Bahusuvarṇaka.—(EI 4; IA 19; CII 4), name of a sacrifice. Note: bahusuvarṇaka is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

See also (synonyms): Bahusuvarṇa.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Bahusuvarnaka in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Bahusuvarṇaka (बहुसुवर्णक):—[=bahu-suvarṇaka] [from bahu > bah] mfn. costing or possessing much gold, [Rāmāyaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of an Agrahāra on the Ganges, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

3) [v.s. ...] of a prince, [ib.]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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