Karmasena: 4 definitions


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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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

Karmasena (कर्मसेन) is the name of an ancient king from Ujjayinī, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 69. Accordingly, as a Vetāla said to minister Bhīmaparākrama: “... there is in Ujjayinī a king named Karmasena. He has a daughter, who in beauty surpasses the Apsarases, being, as it were, the receptacle of the Creator’s handiwork in the form of loveliness”.

Karmasena is also mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 102. Accordingly, “... and after crossing the cemetery [Mahākāla], he beheld the city of Ujjayinī, a yuga old, ruled by King Karmasena. Its streets were watched by guards with various weapons, who were themselves begirt by many brave high-born Rājputs”. Also: “the ambassador [Suvigraha] went to Ujjayinī, and, being introduced by the warder, entered the king’s palace, the interior of which looked very magnificent, as its zones were crowded with splendid horses and with elephants; and he saw that King Karmasena, sitting on his throne, surrounded by his ministers. He did obeisance to that sovereign, who welcomed him; and after he had sat down, and his health had been inquired after, he proceeded to deliver to him his letter”.

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

Karmasena (कर्मसेन):—[=karma-sena] [from karma > karman] m. Name of a king, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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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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