Madanapura, aka: Madana-pura; 2 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Madanapura (मदनपुर) is the name of an ancient city in the Himālayas, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 52. Accordingly as Haṭhaśarman said in the presence of Naravāhanadatta, Alaṅkāravatī and Aśokamālā: “... on the Himālayas there is a splendid city named Madanapura; in it dwelt a Vidyādhara prince named Pralambabhuja”.

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

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India history and geogprahy

Madanapura or Madanapur is the name of a city mentioned in the “Semrā copper-plate grant of Paramardideva” (1162 A.C). Madanapura, which still retains its old name, is the find-spot of Pṛthvīrāja’s inscriptions; it is about 38 kms. to the south-east of Dudāhī. Madanapura [is also] known after the tank and after the king Madana, i.e., Madanavarman.

These plates (mentioning Madanapura) were found at Semrā: a town in the Chatarpur District of the Bundelkhand region (formerly the state of Bijāwar) of Madhya Pradesh. They were issued by Paramardideva to record the confirmation of a grant, from his camp at Sonasara, for the sake of the increase of his own and his parent’s merit and fame.

Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Candellas, Kacchapaghatas, Pala, etc.
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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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