Nadakuvara, Naḍakūvara: 1 definition



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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Naḍakūvara (नडकूवर), also spelled Naḍakūbara, is a son of Kubera (Kuvera), to whom was promised Somaprabhā: the younger daughter of the Asura Maya, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 29. Accordingly, inquired by Kaliṅgasenā about her name and lineage, Somaprabhā answered: “my sister and I [Somaprabhā] are the two daughters of that Maya. My elder sister, named Svayamprabhā, follows a vow of virginity, and lives as a maiden in my father’s house. But I, the younger daughter, named Somaprabhā, have been bestowed in marriage on a son of Kuvera, named Naḍakūvara [Naḍakūbara], and my father has taught me innumerable magic artifices, and as for this basket, I have brought it here to please you”.

Naḍakūvara (नडकूवर) is also mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 73. Accordingly, as Kapiśabhrū said to Saudāminī: “... and his [Aṭṭahāsa’s] friends, in order to amuse him, made him in sport King of the Yakṣas, and they made his brother Dīptaśikha personate Naḍakūvara his son, and they themselves became his ministers. While your beloved was being solaced in this way by his friends, Naḍakūvara, who was roaming at will through the air, saw him.”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Naḍakūvara, 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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