Mandaradeva, Mandāradeva: 2 definitions



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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

1) Mandāradeva (मन्दारदेव) is the name of an ancient king from Haṃsadvīpa, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 101. Accordingly, as Kātyāyanī said to Sundarasena: “... and in the course of my travels I happened to visit Haṃsadvīpa. There I saw the daughter of King Mandāradeva, a suitable match for the sons of gods, not to be beheld by those who have done evil works”.

2) Mandaradeva (मन्दरदेव) is the name of a Vidyādhara king of the northern division (uttara) [viz., on the north side of Kailāsa], according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 107. Accordingly, as Piṅgalagāndhāra said to Naravāhanadatta: “... in that [northern] division there is a chief monarch, named Mandaradeva, who is evilly disposed, but, though mighty, he will be easy for you to conquer, when you have obtained the sciences peculiar to the Vidyādharas..”.

According to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 108, as Mandara said to Naravāhanadatta: “... king, that Mandaradeva lives in a distant and difficult country, and he will be hard for you to overcome until you have achieved all the distinctive jewels of an emperor (cakravartin-ratna). For he is protected by the cave, called the cave of Triśīrṣa, which forms the approach to his kingdom, and the entrance of which is guarded by the great champion Devamāya..”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Mandāradeva, 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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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Mandaradeva (मन्दरदेव):—[=mandara-deva] [from mandara > mad] m. Name of a king of the Vidyā-dharas, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

2) Mandāradeva (मन्दारदेव):—[=mandāra-deva] [from mandāra > mad] m. Name of a prince, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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