Gandharvadatta, Gandharvadattā, Gandharva-datta: 4 definitions


Gandharvadatta 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.

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Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Gandharvadatta in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Gandharvadattā (गन्धर्वदत्ता) is the daughter of the Gandharva king Sāgaradatta, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 106. Accordingly, “... Sāgaradatta, the King of the Gandharvas, who lives here, has a daughter named Gandharvadattā, who eclipses the nymphs of heaven: it seems as if the Creator had blended nectar, the moon, and sandalwood and other choice things, in order to compose her body, as a specimen of his skill in making all that is fair. She [Gandharvadattā] is always singing to the lyre the hymn of Viṣṇu, which the god himself bestowed on her, and so she has attained supreme skill in music”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Gandharvadattā, 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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[«previous next»] — Gandharvadatta in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Gandharvadattā (गन्धर्वदत्ता):—[=gandharva-dattā] [from gandharva] f. Name of a daughter of the Gandharva prince Sāgara-datta, [cvi, 9].

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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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