Hamsadvipa, Haṃsadvīpa, Hamsa-dvipa: 2 definitions



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Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Hamsadvipa in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Haṃsadvīpa (हंसद्वीप) is the name of an island (dvīpa), according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 73. Accordingly, as Gaṇeśa said to his Gaṇas: “... now there is an island named Haṃsadvīpa in the western sea (aparāmbhas); and in it is a king named Anaṅgodaya, and he has a lovely daughter named Anaṅgamañjarī”.

Haṃsadvīpa is also mentioned in to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 101. Accordingly, as Muni Kaṇva said to Mṛgāṅkadatta in his hermitage: “... the ambassador [Surathadeva] travelled quickly, and reached the city of King Mahendrāditya on the shore of the sea, named Śaśāṅkapura. There he embarked on a ship, and after some days he reached the palace of King Mandāradeva in Haṃsadvīpa”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Haṃsadvīpa, 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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[«previous next»] — Hamsadvipa in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Haṃsadvīpa (हंसद्वीप):—[=haṃsa-dvīpa] [from haṃsa] m. n. Name of an island, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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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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