Mangalavati, aka: Maṅgalāvatī; 1 Definition(s)


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Katha (narrative stories)

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Maṅgalāvatī (मङ्गलावती) is a daughter of Tumburu and one of the wifes of Sunītha, son of the Asura Maya and Līlāvatī, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 45. Accordingly, as Līlāvatī said to Sunītha: “... my son, you know that these wives of yours are the daughters of mighty ones, Tejasvatī being the daughter of the God of Wealth, Maṅgalāvatī of Tumburu; and as for Kīrtimatī, that wife that you married in your existence as Candraprabha, her you know to be the daughter of the Vasu Prabhāva, so you must look upon these three with an equal eye, my son”.

The story of Maṅgalāvatī was narrated by the Vidyādhara king Vajraprabha to prince Naravāhanadatta in order to relate how “Sūryaprabha, being a man, obtain of old time the sovereignty over the Vidyādharas”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Maṅgalāvatī, 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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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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