Guhasena; 3 Definition(s)


Guhasena means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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

Katha (narrative stories)

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1) Guhasena (गुहसेन) is the son of Dhanadatta: a rich merchant from the city Tāmraliptā, whose story is told in “the story of Devasmitā” of the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 13. This story was told by Vasantaka to Vāsavadattā in order to divert her thoughts as she was anxiously awaiting her marriage with Udayana.

2) Guhasena (गुहसेन) is the father of Guhacandra: 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 Guhasena, 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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Guhasena (गुहसेन).—See under Devasmitā.

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Guhasena (गुहसेन).—In a 6th century copperplate grant from Valabhī, Gujarāt, the Maitraka king Guhasena is called a paramopāsaka. (Interestingly, Guhasena is called a paramamāheśvara in a grant preceding this one, suggesting that he was a Śaivite convert to Buddhism.) The grant bequeaths revenue, probably from a local village, to the community of noble monks (or noble community of monks = āryyabhikṣusaṅgha) from the eighteen Nikāyas that comes from many places.

Source: eScholarship: Mahāyāna and the Gift
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Devasmitā (देवस्मिता).—A Gem of a woman who was much devoted to her husband. The story of Devas...
Dharmagupta (धर्मगुप्त).—(1) n. of a former Buddha: Mv i.138.8 (and by Senart's em. for °gupti...
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Guhacandra (गुहचन्द्र), son of Guhasena, is the name of a young merchant from the city Pāṭalipu...

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