Muktaphalaketu, Muktāphalaketu: 5 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Muktaphalaketu in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Muktāphalaketu (मुक्ताफलकेतु).—A Vidyādhara youth. The story of this young man who was born to kill Vidyuddhvaja, a fire-brand of an asura, is told thus in Kathāsaritsāgara.

An eminent asura of name Vidyutprabha performed penance to propitiate Brahmā to get a son. As a result of the blessings of Brahmā he got a son invincible to the Devas. He was named Vidyuddhvaja. Even from boyhood he was very brave and daring. Once when he saw some demons standing guard to protect the asura family he said "At present our country is being protected by the hands of others. I shall, therefore, perform penance and obtain boons to remove this disgrace. I will conquer our enemies." Vidyuddhvaja went straight to the forests and performed penance to propitiate Brahmā. When the austerities became severe, Vidyuddhvaja observed fasting without break and the whole world became excited due to anxiety. So Brahmā appeared before him in person and gave him many divine weapons like Brahmāstra. For Brahmāstra the only counter-missile was Pāśupata and so Brahmā warned him that it should be used only when it was found absolutely necessary. (See full article at Story of Muktāphalaketu from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

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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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Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Muktaphalaketu in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Muktāphalaketu (मुक्ताफलकेतु) is the son of Candraketu: an ancient Vidyādhara king, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 115. Accordingly, “... and as soon as he was born this voice was heard from heaven: ‘Candraketu, this son of thine shall slay the Asura Vidyuddhvaja, and know that he is to be by name Muktāphalaketu, the terror of his foes’”. Also, “... and that Muktāphalaketu, even when a child, was high-minded, and being always devoted to Śiva, he performed asceticism, in the form of vows, fasts and other penances”.

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

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Muktaphalaketu in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Muktāphalaketu (मुक्ताफलकेतु):—[=muktā-phala-ketu] [from muktā-phala > muktā > muc] m. Name of a king of the Vidyā-dharas, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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Muktaphalaketu in German

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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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