Pratapasena, Pratāpasena: 1 definition

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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

1) Pratāpasena (प्रतापसेन) is the name of an ancient king who, together with king Samarabāla conspired in a campaign against king Camarabāla according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 54. Accordingly, “... then the fifth king, Pratāpasena, beholding that, fell furiously upon King Camarabāla in the fight. But he repelled his arrows with the multitude of his own, and pierced him with three arrows in the forehead”.

The story of Pratāpasena was narrated to Naravāhanadatta by Gomukha in order to demonstrate that “a brave man, though unsupported, conquers in the front of battle even many enemies coming against him in fight, distracted with hate, and not considering the resources of themselves and their foe, and by his surpassing bravery puts a stop to the fever of their conceit and pride”.

2) Pratāpasena (प्रतापसेन) is the name of an ancient king, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 66. Accordingly as a prince said to Hemaprabhā: “... noble lady, there is a king of auspicious name called Pratāpasena. He was once going through a course of asceticism to propitiate Śiva, with the view of obtaining a son”.

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