Hiranyadatta, aka: Hiraṇyadatta; 1 Definition(s)


Hiranyadatta 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

Kathā (narrative stories)

1) Hiraṇyadatta (हिरण्यदत्त) is the name of a merchant, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 4. Hiraṇyadatta was left in charge of Vararuci’s wealth in order to maintain his house, while Vararuci went vasting to Mount Himālaya.

2) Hiraṇyadatta (हिरण्यदत्त) is the son of Vasudatta and Manovatī according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 22. Vasudatta was a previous human incarnation of Jīmūtavāhana and Manovatī is the daughter of the vidyādhara named Citrāṅgada. The tale of his previous incarnation was told by Jīmūtavāhana to Mitrāvasu (son of Viśvāvasu) for the sake of his curiosity.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Hiraṇyadatta, 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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Kathās (कथा) are special kind of Sanskrit literature: they are a kind of a mix between Itihāsa (historical legends) and Mahākāvya (epic poetry). Some Kathās reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of the historical deeds of the Gods, sages and heroes.

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