Gangasaras, aka: Gaṅgasaras, Ganga-saras; 1 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

[Gangasaras in Katha glossaries]

Gaṅgasaras (गङ्गसरस्) is the name of a sacred lake in the Vidyādhara city Sundarapura, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 52. Accordingly as Kāñcanaprabhā said to Naravāhanadatta: “... there is in this city [Sundarapura] an image of the holy self-existent husband of Umā. He, if visited and worshipped, gives enjoyment and even salvation. Around it the father of Alaṅkarāvatī made a great garden, and brought down to it a holy water, rightly named the Ganges-pool (Gaṅgasaras). Go there to-day to worship the god and to amuse yourselves”.

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