Gunavati, aka: Guṇavatī, Guṇāvatī; 2 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


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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: 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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Katha (narrative stories)

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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.

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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