Kancanavega, Kāñcanavega: 4 definitions



Kancanavega 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 Kanchanavega.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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

Kāñcanavega (काञ्चनवेग) is the name of a Vidyādhara king, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 61. Accordingly, as Kāñcanavega said to Yajñasoma: “... I am a king of the Vidyādharas, named Kāñcanavega, and by the curse of Gautama I was reduced to the condition of a serpent. And it was appointed that my curse should end when I conversed with a good woman”.

The story of Kāñcanavega was narrated by Gomukha to Naravāhanadattain order to demonstrate that “foolish person ruins his master’s interests and then his own”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Kāñcanavega, 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»] — Kancanavega in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kāñcanavega (काञ्चनवेग):—[=kāñcana-vega] [from kāñcana > kāñc] m. Name of a Vidyā-dhara, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Kāñcanavega (काञ्चनवेग):—m. Nomen proprium eines Vidyādhara.

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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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