Candrikavati, Candrikāvatī: 1 definition

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Candrikavati 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 Chandrikavati.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Candrikāvatī (चन्द्रिकावती), daughter of emperor Subhaṭa, was captivated by love at the sight of Sūryaprabha, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 44. Accordingly, as Vajraprabha said to Naravāhanadatta: “... and wherever any princesses beheld him [Sūryaprabha] she was immediately bewildered by love and chose him for her husband. ... The second was Candrikāvatī, the daughter of Subhaṭa, the emperor of the western border, who had been carried off by the Siddhas and left somewhere else”.

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