Pratapamukuta, aka: Pratāpamukuṭa; 2 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Purana

Pratāpamukuṭa (प्रतापमुकुट).—Father of Vajramukuṭa. Vajramukuṭa is the hero in the tale of Vetālakathā described beautifully in Kathāsaritsāgara. (See under Vetāla).

(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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.

Katha (narrative stories)

Pratāpamukuṭa (प्रतापमुकुट) was an ancient king of Benares (Vārāṇasī) who once made Aśokadatta his personal attendant after winning a wrestling match, as mentioned in the story of Aśokadatta and Vijayadatta, in the to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 25. Accordingly, “and the king (Pratāpamukuṭa) being gratified, loaded Aśokadatta with jewels, and having seen his might, he made him his own personal attendant. So he became a favourite of the king’s, and in time attained great prosperity, for to one who possesses heroic qualities a king who appreciates merit is a perfect treasure-house”.

The story of Pratāpamukuṭa and Aśokadatta was narrated to Śaktideva by Viṣṇudatta in order to demonstrate that “divine persons become incarnate for some reason, and are born in this world of men, and possessing their native virtue and courage, attain successes which it is hard to win”.

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