Madanalekha, aka: Madana-lekha, Madanalekhā; 2 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

Madanalekhā (मदनलेखा) was the daughter of Pratāpamukuṭa: an ancient king of Benares (Vārāṇasī) mentioned in the story of Aśokadatta and Vijayadatta, in the to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 25. Accordingly, the king said: “Queen, in birth, in learning, in truthfulness and beauty Aśokadatta is great among the great; and I think it would be a good thing if he were to become the husband of our lovely daughter Madanalekhā; in a bridegroom these qualities are to be looked for, not fortune that vanishes in a moment, so I will give my daughter to this excellent hero”.

The story of Madanalekhā and Aśokadatta was narrated to Śaktideva by Viṣṇudatta in order to demonstrate that “divine persons become incarnate for some reason, and are born in this world of men, and possessing their native virtue and courage, attain successes which it is hard to win”.

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

(Source): Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Madanalekha (मदनलेख).—a loveletter.

Derivable forms: madanalekhaḥ (मदनलेखः).

Madanalekha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms madana and lekha (लेख).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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