Ratnapura, aka: Ratna-pura; 1 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

Ratnapura (रत्नपुर) is the name of a city, in which the two thieves, Śiva and Mādhava, used to rob the rich men by means of trickery, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 24. The story was told by princess Kanakarekhā to her father Paropakārin in order to demonstrate that “all kinds of deceptions are practised on the earth by rogues”.

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