Mahendravarman; 2 Definition(s)

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Mahendravarman means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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.

In Hinduism

Kathā (narrative stories)

1) Mahendravarman (महेन्द्रवर्मन्) is the name of a King, whose daughter was named Pāṭalī, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 3. Their story is told in the tale called ‘the founding of the city of Pāṭaliputra’.

2) Mahendravarman (महेन्द्रवर्मन्) is the name of a king of Ujjayinī, which is described as “the ornament of the earth”, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 11. His story is told in the “story of king Caṇḍamahāsena”. The king Mahendravarman had a son named Jayasena, who in turn had a son named Mahāsena, who later became known as Caṇḍamahāsena, after he made an oferring with pieces of his own flesh to the goddess Durgā.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Mahendravarman, 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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Kathās (कथा) are special kind of Sanskrit literature: they are a kind of a mix between Itihāsa (historical legends) and Mahākāvya (epic poetry). Some Kathās reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of the historical deeds of the Gods, sages and heroes.

India history and geogprahy

Mahendravarman I (महेन्द्रवर्मन्) (600–630 CE) is the name of a Pallava king who was defeated by Pulakeśin II, who was the son of Kīrtivarman who was son the son of Pulikeśin I. Pulakeśin II was the real maker of the Calukya Empire though he struggled for the throne with his uncle Maṅgaleśa.

(Source): Wisdom Library: India History
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Palaka
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Angaraka
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Jayasena
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Gopalaka
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Angaravati
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