Lakshadatta, Lakṣadatta: 1 definition

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The Sanskrit term Lakṣadatta can be transliterated into English as Laksadatta or Lakshadatta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Lakṣadatta (लक्षदत्त) is name of an ancient king from Lakṣapura, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 53. Accordingly, “... there was on the earth a city named Lakṣapura. In it there lived a king named Lakṣadatta, chief of generous men. He never knew how to give a petitioner less than a lac of coins, but he gave five lacs to anyone with whom he conversed. As for the man with whom he was pleased, he lifted him out of poverty; for this reason his name was called Lakṣadatta”.

The story of Lakṣadatta was told by Samudravarmanin order to demonstrate that “until a suitor’s guilt, which stands in his way, is removed, a king, even though disposed to give, cannot give; but when a man’s guilt is effaced a king gives, though strenuously dissuaded from doing so; this depends upon works in a previous state of existence”. In other words, that, “until a servant’s guilt is effaced, he cannot obtain the favour of his master, even by going through hundreds of hardships”.

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