Hiranyavarsha, aka: Hiraṇyavarṣa; 1 Definition(s)

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Katha (narrative stories)

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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.

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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