Kumaradasa, Kumāradāsa: 3 definitions

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Kumaradasa means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Shodhganga: A critical appreciation of soddhalas udayasundarikatha

Kumāradāsa (कुमारदास).—He was a king of Ceylon and a son of Kumāramaṇi who died on the battle field. He was brought up by his mother’s brother Śrīmegha and Agrabodhi. Rājaśekhara in his Kāvyamīmāṃsā mentions Kumāradāsa as a poet born blind. The Colophon at the end of the first canto of Jāhakīharaṇa refers to Kumāradāsa as belonging to Ceylon. He is probably the same as king Kumāradhātusena who ruled Ceylon according to Mahāvaṃśa in 515-524 A.D. His Jānakīharaṇa, a poem in twenty cantos, describes the story of Rāma and the abduction of Sītā by Rāvaṇa. Soḍḍhala vaguely mentions him along with Bhāsa and others.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Kumāradāsa (कुमारदास).—A Sanskrit poet of the 7th century A.D. His chief work is the great poem called Jānakīharaṇam consisting of twenty cantos.

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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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India history and geogprahy

Source: academia.edu: The Chronological History of Ancient Sri Lanka

Kumaradasa was the celebrated Sri Lankan author of Janaki Harana Kavya. He was the contemporary of Kalidasa. Pujavali of Mayurapada Thera (3rd century) identifies the King Kumara Dhatusena (718-709 BCE) with Kumaradasa and refers to his tragic end at the funeral pyre of his friend Kalidasa.

A Simhalese work “Parakramabahu Charita” also mentions the story of Kumaradasa and Kalidasa. The Simhalese works like Nikaya Samgraha, Saddharma Ratnakara, Rajaratnakara, and Rajavali also mention that Kumaradasa II was a contemporary of Kalidasa.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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