Madanavega; 2 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Madanavega (मदनवेग).—A Gandharva. (See under Madanamañcukā).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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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Katha (narrative stories)

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1) Madanavega (मदनवेग) is the name of a Vidyādhara king from Kālakūṭa who disguised himself as Udayana in order to marry Kaliṅgasenā, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 30 and chapter 33. Accordingly, after discovering the truth behind his plot, Kaliṅgasenā inquired Madanavega as follows: “I, fair one, am a prince of the Vidyādharas, named Madanavega. And long ago I beheld you in your father’s house, and by performing penance obtained a boon from Śiva, which conferred on me the attainment of you. So, as you were in love with the King of Vatsa [Udayana], I assumed his form, and quickly married you by stealth, before your contract with him had been celebrated”.

2) Madanavega (मदनवेग) is the name of a Vidyādhara, as mentioned in the thirteenth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 87. Accordingly, “... now, one night Harisvāmin fell asleep, as he was reposing with her [Lāvaṇyavatī] in a palace cool with the rays of the moon. At that very moment a Vidyādhara prince, by name Madanavega, roaming about at will, came that way through the air. He saw that Lāvaṇyavatī sleeping by the side of her husband, and her robe, that had slipped aside, revealed her exquisitely moulded limbs”.

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