Gunavati, Guṇavatī, Guṇāvatī: 3 definitions


Gunavati 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)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Guṇavatī (गुणवती).—Mother of Mandodarī (See under Mandodarī).

2) Guṇavatī (गुणवती).—Daughter born to Sunābha, younger brother of Vajranābha. She had an elder sister named Candramatī. Prabhāvatī, daughter of Vajranābha, was married to Pradyumna, son of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. One day when Prabhāvatī and Pradyumna were engaged in amorous conversation Guṇavatī and Candramatī came to them and they expressed a desire to get husbands for themselves from among the Yādavas. Prabhāvatī advised Candramatī to marry Gada, brother of Kṛṣṇa and Guṇavatī to marry Sāṃba, son of Kṛṣṇa. (Chapter 94. Harivaṃśa).

3) Guṇāvatī (गुणावती).—A river. Once Paraśurāma slew some Kṣatriyas on the northern banks of this river. (Śloka 8, Chapter 70, Droṇa Parva).

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Guṇavatī (गुणवती) is another name for Śakti (prime cause, created from the body of Īśvara), according to Śivapurāṇa 2.1.6, while explaining the time of great dissolution (mahāpralaya):—“[...] this Śakti is called by various names. Pradhāna, Prakṛti, Māyā, Guṇavatī, Parā. The mother of Buddhi Tattva (The cosmic Intelligence), Vikṛtivarjitā (without modification). That Śakti is Ambikā, Prakṛti and the goddess of all. She is the prime cause and the mother of the three deities. [...]”.

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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)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Guṇavatī (गुणवती) is the wife of king Guṇasāgara from Kaṭāha-dvīpa, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 123. Accordingly, “... [Guṇasāgara] had born to him by his principal queen a daughter named Guṇavatī, who by her beauty produced astonishment even in the Creator who made her. And holy seers announced that she should have for a husband the lord of the seven dvīpas. Whereupon her father, the king, deliberated with his counsellors, and came to this conclusion: ‘King Vikramāditya is a suitable husband for my daughter [Guṇavatī]; so I will send her to marry him’”.

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