Hiranyavarsha, Hiraṇyavarṣa: 2 definitions

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Hiranyavarsha 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.

The Sanskrit term Hiraṇyavarṣa can be transliterated into English as Hiranyavarsa or Hiranyavarsha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Hiraṇyavarṣa (हिरण्यवर्ष) is the son of king Kanakavarṣa obtained as a result of a boon from Kārttikeya, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 55. Accordingly, “... then the god [Kārttikeya] said [to king Kanakavarṣa]: ‘Thou shalt have a son, the incarnation of one of my Gaṇas, and his name shall be Hiraṇyavarṣa on the earth’. And then the rider on the peacock summoned him to enter his inmost shrine, in order to show him special favour...”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Hiraṇyavarṣa, 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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Hiraṇyavarṣa (हिरण्यवर्ष):—[=hiraṇya-varṣa] [from hiraṇya > hiraṇa] m. Name of a man, [Buddha-carita; 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. 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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