Kancanabha, Kāñcanābha: 4 definitions


Kancanabha 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Kanchanabha.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Kancanabha in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Kāñcanābha (काञ्चनाभ) is the name of a Vidyādhara city in the Himālayas, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 58. Accordingly, as Manorathaprabhā said to Somaprabha: “... there is here, on the table-land of the Himālayas, a city named Kāñcanābha, and in it there dwells a king of the Vidyādharas named Padmakūṭa”.

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

[«previous next»] — Kancanabha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kāñcanābhā (काञ्चनाभा):—[from kāñcana > kāñc] f. ‘golden splendour’, Name of a town, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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Kancanabha in German

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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 (even English!). 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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