Kumaridatta, Kumāridatta: 4 definitions

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Kumaridatta 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.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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

Kumāridatta (कुमारिदत्त) is the name of painter (citrakara) in service of king Pṛthvīrūpa from Muktipura, according to in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 51. Accordingly, as two Buddhist hermits said to king Pṛthvīrūpa: “... then King Pṛthvīrūpa, being full of longing, gave this order to his admirable painter, Kumāridatta by name: ‘Take with you my portrait, accurately painted on canvas, and with these two mendicants go to the isle of Muktipura, and there show it by some artifice to the King Rūpadhara and his daughter Rūpalatā. Find out if that king will give me his daughter or not, and take a likeness of Rūpalatā and bring it back’”.

The story of Kumāridatta was narrated by the Gomukha to Naravāhanadatta in order to amuse him through the night and to demonstrate that “the resolute endure painful separation for a long time”.

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

Kumāridatta (कुमारिदत्त):—[=kumāri-datta] [from kumāri > kumāra] m. Name of a man, [Kathāsaritsāgara li, 123.]

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Kumaridatta 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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