Padmakabala: 1 definition

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Padmakabala 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.

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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Padmakabala (पद्मकबल) is the name of an elephant, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 52. Accordingly, “... and the next day the four heroes went out from the house of the doorkeeper and roamed about in the town [Śūrapura] out of curiosity. And at that very time a vicious elephant, named Padmakabala, broke his fastening and in his fury rushed out from the elephant stable, trampling down the citizens. And that great elephant, when he saw the four heroes, rushed towards them to slay them, and they too advanced towards him with uplifted weapons”.

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