Brahmanavara, Brāhmaṇavara: 1 definition


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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Brāhmaṇavara (ब्राह्मणवर) is the name of a king from Citrakūṭa according to the story “Sattvaśīla and the two treasures” according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 35. Accordingly, “in the town of Citrakūṭa there was a king named Brāhmaṇavara, rightly named, for he was devoted to honouring Brāhmans. He had a victorious servant named Sattvaśīla, who devoted himself exclusively to war, and every month Sattvaśīla received a hundred gold pieces from that king”.

The story of Brāhmaṇavara was narrated to queen Alaṅkāraprabhā by king Hemaprabha on the precedent that “melancholy arose once in the bosom of the king, caused by his childlessness”.

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