Hemabaluka, aka: Hemabāluka; 1 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Hemabāluka (हेमबालुक) is the name of a river situated near the city of Vāyupatha, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 108. Accordingly, “... [Vāyuvegayaśas], while amusing herself in a garden on the bank of the Hemabāluka river, saw him arrive, and though in love with him disappeared at once”.

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