Codakarna, aka: Coḍakarṇa; 1 Definition(s)


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Alternative spellings of this word include Chodakarna.

In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Coḍakarṇa (चोडकर्ण) is the name of a Brāhman from Ekalavyā, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 69. Accordingly, as the Muni Vijitāsu said to Puṣkarākṣa: “... and in conversation she [Rūpavatī] related that secret of her former birth to a Brāhman named Coḍakarṇa, who was always engaged in muttering prayers, in order to cure him of his exclusive devotion to muttering...”.

The story of Coḍakarṇa was narrated by Vijitāsu in order to demonstrate that “a creature receives the form of that which it was contemplating at the moment of death”.

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