Dharmavati, Dharmavatī: 3 definitions

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Dharmavati 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Dharmavatī (धर्मवती).—A wife of Dharmadeva. He got of Dharmavatī a daughter Dharmavṛtā. Dharmavṛtā was married to Marīci, son of Brahmā. (See under Gayātīrtha).

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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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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Dharmavatī (धर्मवती) is the wife of Vīravara, a Brāhman from the Mālava country, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 53. Accordingly, “... once on a time a heroic and handsome Brāhman, from the country of Mālava, named Vīravara, came there to take service under that king [Vikramatuṅga]. He had a wife named Dharmavatī, a daughter named Vīravatī, and a son named Sattvavara; these three constituted his family;...”.

Dharmavatī (धर्मवती) is also mentioned in the fourth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 78. Accordingly, “... once on a time a Brāhman of the name of Vīravara came from Mālava to take service under that king [Śūdraka] who loved heroes. His wife’s name was Dharmavatī, his son was Sattvavara, and his daughter was Vīravatī. These three composed his family; and his attendants were another three: at his side a dagger, a sword in one hand, and a splendid shield in the other”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Dharmavatī, 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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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Dharmavatī (धर्मवती):—[=dharma-vatī] [from dharma-vat > dharma > dhara] f. Name of a Mudrā, [Buddhist literature]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of women, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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