Bhadravati, aka: Bhadravatī, Bhadrāvatī; 2 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1a) Bhadravatī (भद्रवती).—R. a branch of the Ganges.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 56. 52.

1b) Wife of Purūdvata (Purudvān-vā. p.).*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 70. 47; Vāyu-purāṇa 95. 47.

1c) A daughter of Jāmbavatī and Kṛṣṇa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 250.

2) Bhadrāvatī (भद्रावती).—A daughter of Jāmbavatī.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 241.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Katha (narrative stories)

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Bhadravatī (भद्रवती) is the name of a female elephant given to Vāsavadattā by her father, king Caṇḍamahāsena, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 13. Āṣāḍhaka is the name of the driver of the elephant who helped Udayana and Yaugandharāyaṇa escape from king Caṇḍamahāsena, together with Vasantaka, Vāsavadattā and Kāñcanamālā. Eventually it was revealed that the elephant Bhadravatī was actually a cursed vidyādhara named Māyāvatī.

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

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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