Govindasvamin, aka: Govindasvāmin, Govinda-svamin; 1 Definition(s)

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Katha (narrative stories)

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Govindasvāmin (गोविन्दस्वामिन्) is the name of a Brāhman mentioned in a story narrated to Śaktideva by Viṣṇudatta according to the “story of the golden city”, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 25. Accordingly, “formerly there was a great Brāhman named Govindasvāmin, living on a great royal grant of land on the banks of the Yamunā. And in the course of time there were born to that virtuous Brāhman two sons like himself, Aśokadatta and Vijayadatta”.

The story of Govindasvāmin was narrated to Śaktideva by Viṣṇudatta in order to demonstrate that “divine persons become incarnate for some reason, and are born in this world of men, and possessing their native virtue and courage, attain successes which it is hard to win”.

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