Madiravati, Madirāvatī: 1 definition


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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

1) Madirāvatī (मदिरावती) is the name of the thirteenth book of the Kathāsaritsāgara, written by Somadeva in the 11th-century.

2) Madirāvatī (मदिरावती) is the sister of Vijayasena, a Kṣatriya from Viśālā, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 104. Accordingly, as a young Brāhman said to Naravāhanadatta: “... and one day the unmarried sister of that friend [Vijayasena] of mine, whose name was Madirāvatī, came with him to my teacher’s house. So beautiful was she that I feel convinced that the Creator made the orb of the moon, that is like nectar to the eyes of men, out of the overflowing of the perfect loveliness of her face”.

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