Bhimabhata, Bhīmabhaṭa: 5 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Bhimabhata in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Bhīmabhaṭa (भीमभट).—A gandharva. The following story has reference to his past life.

On the death of Śrutadhara, king of Ekalavyanagara the younger of his two sons, Satyadhara drove out of the kingdom the elder brother, Śiladhara. Thus ousted from his kingdom Śīladhara did due penance and got from Śiva the boon that Satyadhara be killed while he himself be made a gandharva. Owing to the blessing of Śiva Satyadhara died, and he was born again as Samarabhaṭa, son of Ugrabhaṭa, King of Rādhānagara, and Śīladhara was born as Bhīmabhaṭa, brother of Samarabhaṭa. On the death of Ugrabhaṭa Bhīmabhaṭa, after killing Samarabhaṭa ascended the throne. And, on one of those days, he was transformed into a wild elephant as the result of the curse of a muni. But, he iremembered his previous existence, and, though turned into elephant could speak like men. Bhīmabhaṭa became a gandharva because he received and treated well once a traveller and related to him his (Bhīmabhaṭa's) own story. (Kathāsaritsāgara Śaśāṃkavatīlaṃbaka).

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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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Kavya (poetry)

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

Bhīmabhaṭa (भीमभट) is the son of king Ugrabhaṭa and was previously known as Śīladhara, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 74. Accordingly, as Śiva said to Śīladhara: “... this boon shall be granted to thee [Śīladhara], but that enemy of thine [Satyadhara] has to-day died a natural death. And he shall be again born in the city of Rāḍhā, as Samarabhaṭa, the favourite son of King Ugrabhaṭa. But thou shalt be born as Bhīmabhaṭa, his elder brother by a different mother, and thou shalt kill him and rule the kingdom.”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Bhīmabhaṭa, 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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Bhīmabhaṭa (भीमभट):—[=bhīma-bhaṭa] [from bhīma > bhī] m. Name of a man, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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Bhimabhata in German

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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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