Madanaprabha: 4 definitions



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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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

Madanaprabha (मदनप्रभ) is the name of a Vidyādhara as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 52. Accordingly, as her parents cursed Anaṅgaprabhā: “... and having lost your memory of the past, you shall there take many mortal husbands, because you obstinately persisted in detesting the husband fitted for you. That Vidyādhara Madanaprabha, who, being equal in birth, demanded you in marriage, shall become a mortal king and at last become your husband.”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Madanaprabha, 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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Madanaprabha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Madanaprabha (मदनप्रभ):—[=madana-prabha] [from madana > mad] m. Name of a Vidyā-dhara, [ib.]

2) Madanaprabhā (मदनप्रभा):—[=madana-prabhā] [from madana-prabha > madana > mad] f. Name of a Surāṅganā, [Siṃhāsana-dvātriṃśikā or vikramāditya-caritra, jaina recension]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Madanaprabha (मदनप्रभ):—[(ma + prabhā)] m. Nomen proprium eines Vidyādhara [Kathāsaritsāgara 52, 179. 399.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Madanaprabha (मदनप्रभ):—Nomen proprium —

1) m. eines Vidyādhara. —

2) f. ā einer Surāṅganā [Indische studien von Weber 15,444.]

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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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