Meghavarna, aka: Meghavarṇa, Meghavarṇā, Megha-varna; 6 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Meghavarṇa (मेघवर्ण).—One of the eight rākṣasas facing the eight vasus in the battle of the gods (devas) between the demons (asuras), according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 94. This battle was initiated by Mahiṣāsura in order to win over the hand of Vaiṣṇavī, the form of Trikalā having a red body representing the energy of Viṣṇu. Trikalā is the name of a Goddess born from the combined looks of Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Maheśvara (Śiva).

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

1) Meghavarṇa (मेघवर्ण).—A character in a story of Pañcatantra. (See under Pañcatantra).

2) Meghavarṇa (मेघवर्ण).—A son of Ghaṭotkaca. Meghavarṇa was also present with Arjuna when he went to protect the sacrificial horse of the Aśvamedha conducted by the Pāṇḍavas.

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Meghavarṇa (मेघवर्ण).—A Yakṣa: a son of Puṇyajanī and Maṇibhadra.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 124.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Katha (narrative stories)

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Meghavarṇa (मेघवर्ण) is the name of a crow-king (kāka-rāja), according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 62. Accordingly, “... there was in a certain place a great and shady banyan-tree, which seemed, with the voices of its birds, to summon travellers to repose. There a king of the crows, named Meghavarṇa, had established his home, and he had an enemy named Avamarda, king of the owls”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Meghavarṇa, 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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Meghavarṇā (मेघवर्णा).—the Indigo plant.

Meghavarṇā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms megha and varṇā (वर्णा).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Meghavarṇā (मेघवर्णा).—f.

(-rṇā) The indigo-plant. E. megha a cloud, and varṇā colour.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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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. 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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