Indivarasena, Indīvarasena: 2 definitions


Indivarasena 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Indīvarasena (इन्दीवरसेन).—Son of Parityāgasena a King who ruled the city of Irāvatī. Parityāgasena had two queens—Adhikasaṃgamā and Kāvyālaṅkāra. As they had no children, the distressed King with his queens worshipped the goddess Durgā. Durgā gave the King two fruits. She blessed that the queens would bear children when they ate the fruits. Adhikasaṃgamā ate both the fruits without showing them to the other wife. Two sons were born to her. Indīvarasena was the elder son. (Kathāsaritsāgara, Ratnaprabhā laṃbaka, 8th Taraṅga).

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Indīvarasena (इन्दीवरसेन) is one of the two sons of king Parityāgasena and queen Adhikasaṅgamā, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 42. Accordingly, “in the course of some days that Queen Adhikasaṅgamā became pregnant, and in due time gave birth to twin sons. And the King Parityāgasena rejoiced, and made a great feast, since his desire was fulfilled by their birth. And the king gave the name of Indīvarasena to the elder of the two, who was of wonderful beauty and had eyes like a blue lotus. And he gave to the younger the name of Anicchasena, because his mother ate the second fruit against his wish.”

The story of Indīvarasena and Parityāgasena was narrated by Gomukha to Naravāhanahatta in order to demonstrate that “the great must endure great pains and gain great glory, but others have little pain and little glory”.

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