Punyasena, aka: Puṇyasena; 1 Definition(s)


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Katha (narrative stories)

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1) Puṇyasena (पुण्यसेन) is the name of a king from Ujjayinī whose death was faked in order to defeat the opposing king’s army, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 15. His story is told by Yaugandharāyaṇa to Rumaṇvat in the “Story of Puṇyasena”.

2) Puṇyasena (पुण्यसेन) is also mentioned in the fifth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 79. Accordingly, “... in Ujjayinī there lived an excellent Brāhman, the dear dependent and minister of King Puṇyasena, and his name was Harisvāmin. That householder had by his wife, who was his equal in birth, an excellent son like himself, Devasvāmin by name. And he also had born to him a daughter, famed for her matchless beauty, rightly named Somaprabhā”.

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