Priyadatta, Priyadattā, Priya-datta: 3 definitions

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Priyadatta 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

Priyadattā (प्रियदत्ता) is the name of a house-maiden according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 52. Accordingly as Gomukha said in the presence of Naravāhanadatta, Alaṅkāravatī and Aśokamālā: “... thus employed, he [Jīvadatta] wandered about without food and at last reached a village, and there he entered the opulent mansion of a Brāhman. There the handsome and well-dressed mistress of the house, Priyadattā by name, made him sit down on a seat”.

The story of Priyadattā  was told by Gomukha in order to demonstrate that “divine beings fall by virtue of a curse, and, owing to the consequences of their own wickedness, are incarnate in the world of men, and after reaping the fruit appropriate to their bad conduct they again go to their own home on account of previously acquired merit”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Priyadattā , 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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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Priyadattā (प्रियदत्ता).—a mystical name of the earth; Mb.

Priyadattā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms priya and dattā (दत्ता).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Priyadattā (प्रियदत्ता):—[=priya-dattā] [from priya > prī] f. a mystical Name of the earth, [Mahābhārata]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of a woman, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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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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