Madanasena, aka: Madanasenā; 1 Definition(s)


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Katha (narrative stories)

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1) Madanasenā (मदनसेना) is the daughter of king Vīrabhaṭa: king of Tāmraliptī, who was captivated by love at the sight of Sūryaprabha, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 44. Accordingly, as Vajraprabha said to Naravāhanadatta: “... and wherever any princesses beheld him [Sūryaprabha] she was immediately bewildered by love and chose him for her husband. The first was the virgin daughter of the king of Tāmraliptī, who was called Vīrabhaṭa; her name was Madanasenā, and she was the first beauty of the world”.

2) Madanasenā (मदनसेना)is the daughter of Arthadatta from Anaṅgapura, as mentioned in the tenth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 84. Accordingly, “... that merchant-prince [Arthadatta] had for elder child a son named Dhanadatta, and his younger child was a pearl of maidens, named Madanasenā. One day, as she was playing with her companions in her own garden, a young merchant, named Dharmadatta, a friend of her brother’s, saw her”.

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