Guhacandra; 1 Definition(s)


Guhacandra 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Guhachandra.

In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Guhacandra (गुहचन्द्र), son of Guhasena, is the name of a young merchant from the city Pāṭaliputra, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 17. Upon beholding the sight of Somaprabhā (name of an apsaras born to Dharmagupta and Candraprabhā), he instantly fell in love with her.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Guhacandra, 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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Guhasena (गुहसेन).—See under Devasmitā.

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