Ratnapura, aka: Ratna-pura; 1 Definition(s)
Ratnapura 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.
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”.
Ratnapura is also mentioned as being situated on the bank of the river Veṇā, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 123. Accordingly, as Rūpavatī said: “... there is on the bank of the River Veṇā a city named Ratnapura; I am a Brāhman householder in that city, the son of a rich man, and my name is Kandarpa. One evening I went down to the River Veṇā to draw water, and I slipped and fell into it, and was carried away by the current”.
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
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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Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
Part 2: Previous births of Sanatkumāra as Jinadharma and of Asitākṣa as Agniśarman < [Chapter VII - Sanatkumāracakricaritra]
Part 2: Incarnation as Dharmanātha < [Chapter V - Śrī Dharmanāthacaritra]
Part 10: Lakṣmaṇa’s household < [Chapter VIII - The abandonment of Sītā]
The Mahavamsa (by Wilhelm Geiger)
Kathasaritsagara (the Ocean of Story) (by Somadeva)
A Short history of Lanka (by Humphry William Codrington)