Nishcayadatta, aka: Niścayadatta; 1 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Niścayadatta can be transliterated into English as Niscayadatta or Nishcayadatta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Nishchayadatta.

In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Niścayadatta (निश्चयदत्त) is the name of a merchant’s son from Ujjayinī, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 37. Accordingly, “... there is in this land a town of the name of Ujjayinī, famous throughout the world: in it there lived of old time a merchant’s son, named Niścayadatta. He was a gambler and had acquired money by gambling, and every day the generous man used to bathe in the water of the Siprā and worship Mahākāla”.

The story of Niścayadatta was narrated by Gomukha in order to demonstrate that “it is true that chaste women are few and far between, but unchaste women are never to be trusted”.

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