Govindadatta: 2 definitions

Introduction

Govindadatta 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

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Govindadatta (गोविन्ददत्त) is the name of a learned Brāhman, living in Bahusuvarṇaka, a royal district on the bank of the Ganges, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 7. He had a wife named Agnidattā with whom he had five sons.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Govindadatta, 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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous (G) next»] — Govindadatta in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Govindadatta (गोविन्ददत्त).—A brahmin of great fame who resided in Bahusuvarṇaka, a city on the banks of the river Gaṅgā. His wife was a very pious woman. They had five children. Once when both the parents were away from the house a sage called Vaiśvānara came there but the children did not receive him and treat him properly. Knowing this Govindadatta abandoned all his children. (Kathāsaritsāgara, Kathāpīṭhalaṃbaka).

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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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