Muktalata, aka: Muktālatā, Mukta-lata; 3 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Muktālatā (मुक्तालता) is the daughter of an ancient Niṣāda king, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 58. Accordingly, as the warder said to king Sumanas: “... king, the daughter of the King of the Niṣādas, named Muktālatā, is standing outside the door with a parrot in a cage, accompanied by her brother Vīraprabha, and wishes to see your Majesty”.

The story of Muktālatā was narrated by Gomukha to Naravāhanadatta in order to demonstrate that “the appointed union of human beings certainly takes place in this world, though vast spaces intervene”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Muktālatā, 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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Muktālatā (मुक्तालता).—f.,

Muktālatā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms muktā and latā (लता). See also (synonyms): muktāsraj.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Muktālatā (मुक्तालता).—f.

(-tā) A pearl-necklace. E. muktā a pearl, and latā a creeping plant.

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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