Gudhasena, Gūḍhasena: 2 definitions

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Gudhasena 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Gudhasena in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Gūḍhasena (गूढसेन).—A King of the country of Puṣkarāvatī.

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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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Kavya (poetry)

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

Gūḍhasena (गूढसेन) is the name of an ancient king from Puṣkarāvatī according to the “story of the prince and the merchant's son who saved his Life”., as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 28. Accordingly, “in the city of Puṣkarāvatī there was a king named Gūḍhasena, and to him there was born one son. That prince was overbearing, and whatever he did, right or wrong, his father acquiesced in, because he was an only son”.

The story of Gūḍhasena was narrated to Kaliṅgasenā by Somaprabhā in order to demonstrate that “the children of kings break loose from restraint and, slaying their guides, disregard benefits, like infuriated elephants”.

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