Mahendravarman, Mahendra-varman: 4 definitions


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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

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.

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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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India history and geogprahy

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Source: Wisdom Library: India History

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: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (history)

Mahendravarman I (AD 600-630) is the name of a king from the Pallava dynasty.—The Pallavas ruled Kanchi in the 4th century AD and it was during the period of Mahendravarman I, the son of Simha Visnu, that importance was given to the arts. He was responsible for the introduction of rock-cut architecture in the Tamil country early in the 7th century AD. He studded his kingdom with rock-cut monuments. He is considered the pioneer of South Indian architecture and painting. He discarded perishable materials such as brick, timber, metal or mortar for constructing temples and introduced cutting images out of the hard rock.

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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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