Madanamancuka, Madanamañcukā: 2 definitions

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Madanamancuka 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Madanamanchuka.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

1) Madanamañcukā (मदनमञ्चुका) is the name of the sixth book of the Kathāsaritsāgara, written by Somadeva in the 11th-century.

2) Madanamañcukā (मदनमञ्चुका) is the name given to the surrogate child of Kaliṅgasenā and represents the incarnation of Rati (wife of Kāma, god of love) who was granted a boon by Śiva to reunite with Kāma in their human births, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara chapter 34. According to the story, Śiva re-created Rati (goddess of love) in the form of Madanamañcukā for Naravāhanadatta as his head wife, so he can “exercise supreme sovereignty over the Vidyādharas for a Kalpa of the gods, after conquering his enemies”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Madanamañcukā, 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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Madanamañcukā (मदनमञ्चुका).—A heroine of 'Vatsarājacarita'. Her mother was a nymph in her previous birth. By a curse of Devendra she was born on earth as Kaliṅgasenā and lived serving in the palace of Udayana, King of Vatsa. She desired to make Udayana her husband. In the meantime a Gandharva named Madanavega fell in love with Kaliṅgasenā. Knowing that Kaliṅgasenā was in love with Udayana the Gandharva followed her in the garb of the King Udayana and at last they were married. Kaliṅgasenā soon delivered Madanamañcukā, an incarnation of Ratidevi. When she grew up she married Naravāhanadatta, son of Udayana. (Madanamañcukālambaka, Kathāsaritsāgara, Taraṅga 8).

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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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