Dridhavarman, Dṛḍhavarman, Dridha-varman: 1 definition

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Dridhavarman 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.

The Sanskrit term Dṛḍhavarman can be transliterated into English as Drdhavarman or Dridhavarman, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Dṛḍhavarman (दृढवर्मन्) is the name of a king from Madhyadeśa, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 32. Accordingly, as Somaprabhā narrated to Kaliṅgasenā: “... and once on a time Dṛḍhavarman, a king born in Madhyadeśa, who in the excitement of the chase was carried away by his horse, entered that hermitage [of Maṅkaṇaka]. He beheld Kadalīgarbhā clothed in garments of bark, having her beauty exceedingly set off by the dress appropriate to the daughter of an ascetic. And she, when seen, captivated the heart of that king [Dṛḍhavarman] so completely that she left no room in it for the women of his harem”.

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