Madanasena, Madanasenā: 2 definitions

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Madanasena 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.

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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

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.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Madanasenā (मदनसेना):—[=madana-senā] [from madana > mad] f. Name of various women, [Siṃhāsana-dvātriṃśikā or vikramāditya-caritra, jaina recension]

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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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