Kalingasena, aka: Kaliṅgasenā, Kaliṅgasena; 3 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Kaliṅgasenā (कलिङ्गसेना) is the name of the daughter of king Kaliṅgadatta and queen Tārādattā, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 28. Accordingly, “princess Kaliṅgasenā grew up in the house of her father [Kaliṅgadatta] amongst her companions. And she sported in the palaces, and in the palace gardens, like a wave of the sea of infancy that is full of the passion for amusement”.

As mentioned in chapter 27, Kaliṅgasenā is the human incarnation of the Apsaras named Surabhidattā: “... In the meanwhile Tārādattā, the consort of that king in the city of Takṣaśilā, reached the period favourable for procreation. And Surabhidattā, the Apsaras who had been degraded from heaven by the curse of Indra, was conceived in her, giving beauty to her whole body.”.

Kaliṅgasenā (कलिङ्गसेना) is mentioned as one of the queens of king Vikramāditya in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 123. Accordingly, “... your wish is not hard to gratify, for the King of Kaliṅga has a daughter named Kaliṅgasenā, and a sculptor of Vardhamāna seeing her, and being desirous of representing her beauty, carved this figure in imitation of her. So return to Ujjayinī, King, and ask that King of Kaliṅga for his daughter, or carry her off by force”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Kaliṅgasenā, 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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Kaliṅgasena (कलिङ्गसेन).—See under Madanamañjukā.

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Kalingasena (Daughter of the Buddhist king Kalingadatta):—With the help of her apsara friend Somaprabha, she flies to Udayana, who falls in love with her. But the marriage between Udayana and Kalingasena is foiled and meanwhile she has the child Madanamanchuka born to her by her lover, the Vidyadhara Madanavega. This girl is destined to be a future wife of Naravahanadatta

Source: Kashmiri Overseas Association: Kasheer september 2008 issue

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