Brihatkathamanjari, aka: Brihat-katha-manjari, Bṛhatkathāmañjarī, Brihatkatha-manjari; 2 Definition(s)

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The Sanskrit term Bṛhatkathāmañjarī can be transliterated into English as Brhatkathamanjari or Brihatkathamanjari, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

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Brihat-katha-manjari is a well known prose work composed by Kshemendra. It was probably composed in his young age. Brihat katha Manjari gives a true account that around 400 AD, the Gupta king Vikramaditya (Chandragupta II) had "unburdened the sacred earth of the barbarians". The original was divided into eighteen Lambhakas and it is a reasonable guess that the term applies to the victories of the hero, each section dealing with his achievement.

Book I: The work begins with the Kathapitha, which gives as an introduction to the tale the legend of Gunadhya.

Book II: In Book II, the adventures of Udayana are described, which are carried in chapter iii to his winning of Padmavati. In iv the birth of the hero, Naravahanadatta takes place who would be the emperor of the Vidyadharas.

Book II: The next book, Chaturdarika is episodically presented. The Vidyadhara king comes to visit the future ruler and relates how he himself has reached the wonderful city of the Vidyadharas and won the four beauteous maidens wherefrom the title of the book has been derived. He continues with the legend of Suryaprabha.

Book VIII: Book VIII is short and is styled Vela after the name of the character and ends with the vital statement that Madanamansuka has been abducted by the Vidyadhara Manasa Vega. The prince is deserted but before that he rejoins his beloved and would be the hero of four episodic books.

Book XIII: After long interval action is resumed in Book xiii, Pancha wins five more brides, Vidyadhara maidens are determined to support him. The book laid stress on attaining Madanamansuka. With the help of princess Prabhavati, a Vidyadhara, the prince penetrates to her place of confinement, using a woman`s form lent by Prabhavati.

Book XIV: In Book xiv he marries Ratnaprabha, whose name the book bears.

Book XV: In Book xv he marries Alarhkaravati, and is on a voyage to a White Island where he worships Narayana with an elaborate prayer written in the most finished Kavya style.

Book XVI: The next book gives the prince another wife, Saktiyasas.

Book XVII: In Book xvii the lost thread is recovered. Naravahanadatta must receive from the sage Vamadeva on mount Malaya the seven jewels that symbolises sovereignty. He reaches the north by passing under a great tunnel and by his offer of his own head induces Kalaratri who guards the exit point to permit his passage.

Source: India Netzone: Indian Philosophy

India history and geogprahy

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Bṛhatkathāmañjarī (बृहत्कथामञ्जरी) is the name of a work ascribed to Kṣemendra (11th century): one among the Kashmiri scholars who glorified the legacy of rhetorics with a new interpretation of the soul of poetry (aucitya). A total number of 38 works (viz., Bṛhatkathā-mañjarī) have been recorded in the “New Catalogus Catalogorum”, which are composed by Kṣemendra. He is not only a poetician but also a scholar of high repute.

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature (history)
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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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