Hemapura, Hema-pura: 1 definition



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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Hemapura (हेमपुर) is the name of an ancient city filled with wooden mechanical constructions, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 43. Accordingly: “and in course of time he [Naravāhanadatta] reached a city [Hemapura] of vast extent on the shore of the sea, furnished with lofty mansions resembling the peaks of mountains, with streets and arches, adorned with a palace all golden like Mount Meru, looking like a second Earth. He entered that city by the market street, and beheld that all the population, merchants, women and citizens, were wooden automata, that moved as if they were alive, but were recognised as lifeless by their want of speech”.

And further, after reaching the king’s palace in Hemapura: “and in due course he arrived with Gomukha near the king’s palace, and saw that all the horses and elephants there were of the same material; and with his minister he entered, full of wonder, that palace, which was resplendent with seven ranges of golden buildings. There he saw a majestic man sitting on a jewelled throne, surrounded by warders and women who were also wooden automata, the only living being there, who produced motion in those dull material things, like the soul presiding over the senses”.

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