Haralata, Hāralatā: 3 definitions

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Haralata 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

Hāralatā (हारलता) is the name of a court-lady in service of king Vikramāditya, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 122. Accordingly, “... at that time the forest-fire of separation of that King Vikramāditya began to burn more fiercely, fanned by the eastern breeze. Then the following cries were heard among the ladies of his court: ‘Hāralatā, bring ice! Citrāṅgī, sprinkle him with sandalwood juice! Patralekhā, make a bed cool with lotus leaves! Kandarpasenā, fan him with plantain leaves!’ And in course of time the cloudy season, terrible with lightning, passed away for that king, but the fever of love, burning with the sorrow of separation, did not pass away”.

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