Candraketu: 4 definitions


Candraketu means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

Alternative spellings of this word include Chandraketu.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Candraketu (चन्द्रकेतु) is the name of an ancient Vidyādhara king, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 115. Accordingly, “... Indra, the ruler of the gods’ world, heard of his coming, and kept guard in heaven, and when he drew near marched out to meet him, eager for battle, accompanied by his friend Candraketu, the king of the Vidyādharas, and by the supreme lord of the Gandharvas, named Padmaśekhara”.

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

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Candraketu (चन्द्रकेतु).—A son of Śatrughna, brother of Śrī Rāma. Śatrughna had two sons. Aṅgada and Candraketu by his wife Śrutakīrti (Uttara Rāmāyaṇa).

2) Candraketu (चन्द्रकेतु).—A vidyādhara King. See Muktāphalaketu).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Candraketu (चन्द्रकेतु).—A son of Lakṣmaṇa; capital, Candracakra (Candravaktra, Vāyu-purāṇa).*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 63. 188; Vāyu-purāṇa 88. 187-8; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 4. 104.

1b) A Gandharva.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 26.
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Candraketu (चन्द्रकेतु): A devotee of Manasā

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