Candrasvamin, aka: Candrasvāmin, Candra-svamin; 1 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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1) Candrasvāmin (चन्द्रस्वामिन्) is the name of a Brāhman from Vārāṇasī, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 37. The story of Candrasvāmin was narrated by Gomukha in order to demonstrate that “it is true that chaste women are few and far between, but unchaste women are never to be trusted”.

2) Candrasvāmin (चन्द्रस्वामिन्) is the name of a Brāhman from Devakamalapura according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 56. Accordingly, “... there once lived in a town called Devakamalapura, belonging to the King Kamalavarman, an excellent Brāhman named Candrasvāmin. And that wise man had a wife [named Devamati] like himself, distinguished for modesty, and she was a worthy match for Sarasvatī and Lakṣmī”.

3) Candrasvāmin (चन्द्रस्वामिन्) is the son of Devasvāmin from Ujjayinī according to the eighteenth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 92. Accordingly, “... in time there was born to that Brāhman [Devasvāmin] a son, named Candrasvāmin, and he, though he had studied the sciences, was, when he grew up, exclusively devoted to the vice of gambling. Now once on a time that Brāhman’s son, Candrasvāmin, entered a great gambling-hall to gamble”.

4) Candrasvāmin (चन्द्रस्वामिन्) is an ambassador (dūta) of king Mahāsena from Alakā, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 101. Accordingly, as Muni Kaṇva said to Mṛgāṅkadatta in his hermitage: “... and this he [Mahāsena] wrote in a letter, and committed it to the care of the ambassador Kumāradatta, and another ambassador of his own named Candrasvāmin. So the ambassadors departed, and gave the letter as they were directed, and told the King of Haṃsadvīpa all that had taken place...”.

5) Candrasvāmin (चन्द्रस्वामिन्) is the name of a Brāhman from Māyāpurī, and the previous incarnation of the Bhilla chief (senāpati) named Ekākikeśarin, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 123. Accordingly, as Ekākikeśarin said to king Vikramāditya“... I was long ago a Brāhman named Candrasvāmin, and I lived in the city of Māyāpurī. One day I went by order of my father to the forest to fetch wood. There a monkey stood barring my way, but without hurting me, looking at me with an eye of grief, pointing out to me another path.”.

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