Prithudara, aka: Prithu-udara, Pṛthūdara; 4 Definition(s)

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The Sanskrit term Pṛthūdara can be transliterated into English as Prthudara or Prithudara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Pṛthūdara (पृथूदर).—A celebrated Yakṣa. This Yakṣa got a daughter named Saudāminī. Her father took her to different mountains to entertain her. One day while she was playing with her companion Kapiśabhrū she met a Yaksaputra named Aṭṭahāsa. They fell in love and Saudāminī’s father agreed to their marriage and fixed it. After fixing the marriage Pṛthūdara took his daughter to his house. Next day her companion Kapiśabhrū came to Saudāminī in a sorrowful mood and when she asked her the reason she said "Friend, how am I to report to you this sad news. On my way to you I passed through a garden named Citrasthala in the valley of the Himālayas. To have some sport with the love-stricken Aṭṭahāsa his friends staged a drama in which Aṭṭahāsa was made Vaiśravaṇarāja and his brother Dīptaśikha, Nalakūbara, and the rest, his ministers. They were thus acting and enjoying when Nalakūbara himself came that way and seeing his servant Aṭṭahāsa in the robes and form of his father was angry and calling Aṭṭahāsa to his side said: "A servant like you is ambitious of becoming a king. Let this ambition be the cause of your downfall. You will be born as man." Aṭṭahāsa was shocked and he craved pardon "Oh Lord, I did this only for some entertainment. I did not do it with any desire for a big position. Pardon me for my mistake. Nalakūbara then by his divine power understood everything and taking pity on him consoled him and said "She with whom you are in love will be your wife in your life as man. Your brother Dīptaśikha will then be born as your son. Both of you will then be released from the curse. Dīptaśikha after ruling the country for some time will also be free from this curse." Aṭṭahāsa and Dīptaśikha soon disappeared by the power of the curse. (See full article at Story of Pṛthūdara from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

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.

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Katha (narrative stories)

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Pṛthūdara (पृथूदर) is the name of a Yakṣa and father of Saudāminī, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 73. Accordingly, as Saudāminī said to Pavitradhara: “... there is on the confines of the southern region a range of tamāla forests, dark with clouds that obscure the sun, looking like the home of the monsoon. In it dwells a famous Yakṣa of the name of Pṛthūdara, and I am his only daughter, Saudāminī by name. My loving father led me from one mighty mountain to another, and I was for ever amusing myself in heavenly gardens”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Pṛthūdara, 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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Pṛthūdara (पृथूदर).—mfn.

(-raḥ-rā-raṃ) Large-bellied, stout, corpulent. m.

(-raḥ) A ram. E. pṛthu, and udara the belly.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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Prithu
Pṛthu (पृथु).—mfn. (-thuḥ-thuḥ-thvī-thu) 1. Large, great. 2. Smart, clever. m. (-thuḥ) 1. The f...
Damodara
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Udara
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Mahodara
Mahodāra (महोदार).—mfn. (-raḥ-rā-raṃ) Mighty, powerful. E. mahā and udāra great.
Lambodara
Lambodara (लम्बोदर).—m. (-raḥ) 1. A name of Ganesa. 2. A glutton. E. lamba large, and udara the...
Vrikodara
Vṛkodara (वृकोदर) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. III.174.18, IX.44.100) and repre...
Shvetodara
Śvetodara (श्वेतोदर).—m. (-raḥ) Kuvera. E. śveta white, and udara the belly.
Sahodara
Sahodara (सहोदर).—a uterine brother, brother of whole blood; जनन्यां संस्थितायां तु समं सर्वे स...
Jalodara
Jalodara (जलोदर).—n. (-raḥ) Dropsy. E. jala, and udara the belly. jalapradhānam udaram .
Ghatodara
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Udarabharana
Udarabharaṇa (उदरभरण).—feeding the belly, support of life (cf. udaraṃbhari). Derivable forms: u...
Udaraposhana
Udarapoṣaṇa (उदरपोषण).—feeding the belly, support of life (cf. udaraṃbhari). Derivable forms: u...
Bhavanodara
Bhavanodara (भवनोदर).—n. (-raṃ) The interior apartments. E. bhavana and udara belly.
Udaragranthi
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