Gunadeva, Guṇadeva: 2 definitions



Gunadeva 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

Guṇadeva (गुणदेव) is the name of a disciple of Guṇāḍhya, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 8. He was an incarnation of Mālyavān (friend of Puṣpadanta), cursed by Pārvatī to become mortals after Puṣpadanta overheard Śiva narrating the adventures of the seven Vidyādharas, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara. Together with Nandideva (another disciple of Guṇāḍhya) they were wandering the forest thinking about whom to give the story, which Guṇāḍhya had recently heard from the piśāca Kāṇabhūti.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Guṇadeva, 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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Guṇadeva (गुणदेव):—[=guṇa-deva] [from guṇa] m. Name of a pupil of Guṇāḍhya, [Kathāsaritsāgara viii, 36.]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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