Lavanyavati, Lāvaṇyavati, Lāvaṇyavatī: 5 definitions



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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Lavanyavati in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Lāvaṇyavati (लावण्यवति).—The wife of king Puṣpavāhana and mother of 10,000 (ayatam) heroic soldiers.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 100. 6.
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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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Kavya (poetry)

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

1) Lāvaṇyavatī (लावण्यवती) is the wife of Harisvāmin: a Brāhman from from Vārāṇasī, as mentioned in the thirteenth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 87. Accordingly, “... and he [Harisvāmin] had an exceedingly lovely wife, named Lāvaṇyavatī. I think the Disposer must have made her after he had acquired skill by making Tilottamā and the other nymphs of heaven, for she was of priceless beauty and loveliness. Now, one night Harisvāmin fell asleep, as he was reposing with her in a palace cool with the rays of the moon”.

2) Lāvaṇyavatī (लावण्यवती) is the daughter of king Dharma and Candravatī, according to the twenty-fourth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 98. Accordingly, “... and that king [Dharma] had born to him by that wife [Candravatī] one daughter, who was not without cause named Lāvaṇyavatī. And when that daughter had attained a marriageable age, King Dharma was ejected from his throne by his relations, who banded together and divided his realm”.

The story of Lāvaṇyavatī is mentioned in the Vetālapañcaviṃśati (twenty-five tales of a vetāla) which is embedded in the twelfth book of the Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’). The main book is a famous Sanskrit epic detailing the exploits of prince Naravāhanadatta in his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The Kathā-sarit-sāgara is is explained to be an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā which consisted of 100,000 verses and in turn forms part of an even 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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India history and geography

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature (history)

Lāvaṇyavatī (लावण्यवती) is the name of a work ascribed to Kṣemendra (11th century): one among the Kashmiri scholars who glorified the legacy of rhetorics with a new interpretation of the soul of poetry (aucitya). A total number of 38 works (viz., Lāvaṇyavatī) have been recorded in the “New Catalogus Catalogorum”, which are composed by Kṣemendra. He is not only a poetician but also a scholar of high repute.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Lavanyavati in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Lāvaṇyavatī (लावण्यवती) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—kāvya, by Kṣemendra. Quoted in Aucityavicāracarcā 16, etc.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Lāvaṇyavatī (लावण्यवती):—[=lāvaṇya-vatī] [from lāvaṇya-vat > lāvaṇya > lāvaṇa] f. Name of a Surāṅganā, [Siṃhāsana-dvātriṃśikā or vikramāditya-caritra, jaina recension]

2) [v.s. ...] of another woman, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

3) [v.s. ...] of a poem by Kṣemendra.

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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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