Mrigankavati, Mṛgāṅkavatī: 2 definitions

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Mrigankavati means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

The Sanskrit term Mṛgāṅkavatī can be transliterated into English as Mrgankavati or Mrigankavati, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

1) Mṛgāṅkavatī (मृगाङ्कवती).—Name of the daughter of Bimbaki, King of Avanti, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 10. She became the wife of Śrīdatta, the grandson of Yajñasoma, who was a Brāhman from the country of Mālava.

2) Mṛgāṅkavatī (मृगाङ्कवती) is one of the three wifes of king Dharmadhvaja from Ujjayinī, as mentioned in the eleventh story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 85. Accordingly, “... he [king Dharmadhvaja] had three wives, who were all daughters of kings, and whom he held very dear. The first of them was called Indulekhā, the second Tārāvalī, and the third Mṛgāṅkavatī; and they were all possessed of extraordinary personal charms. And the successful king, who had conquered all his enemies, lived happily, amusing himself with all those three queens”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Mṛgāṅkavatī, 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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Mṛgāṅkavatī (मृगाङ्कवती).—Daughter of an ancient King called Śrī Bimbaki. (See under Śrīdatta).

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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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