Mahendrashakti, Mahendraśakti: 1 definition


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The Sanskrit term Mahendraśakti can be transliterated into English as Mahendrasakti or Mahendrashakti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Mahendraśakti (महेन्द्रशक्ति) is the son of the merchant Upendraśakti and suffered from uncontrollable madness (unmāda-viśṛṅkhala), according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 73. Accordingly, “... while the ascetic [Brahmasoma] was engaged in offering these praises to Gaṇeśa in the temple, it happened that the son of the merchant-prince Upendraśakti, who brought his image, entered the temple as he was roaming about. His name was Mahendraśakti, and he had been rendered uncontrollable by long and violent madness, so he rushed forward to seize the ascetic. Then the ascetic struck him with his hand. The merchant’s son, as soon as he was struck by the charm-bearing hand of that ascetic, was freed from madness and recovered his reason”.

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