Rupalata, Rūpalatā: 4 definitions


Rupalata 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.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Rūpalatā (रूपलता) is the daughter of king Pṛthvīrūpa and queen Hemalatā, from Muktipura, according to in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 51. Accordingly, as two Buddhist hermits said to king Pṛthvīrūpa: “... king, we have travelled through the world and we have nowhere seen a man or woman equal to you in beauty, except the daughter of King Rūpadhara and Queen Hemalatā, in the isle of Muktipura, Rūpalatā by name, and that maiden alone is a match for you, and you alone are a match for her; if you were to be united in marriage it would be well”.

The story of Rūpalatā was narrated by the Gomukha to Naravāhanadatta in order to amuse him through the night and to demonstrate that “the resolute endure painful separation for a long time”.

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

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Rūpalatā (रूपलता):—[=rūpa-latā] [from rūpa > rūp] f. Name of a princess, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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Rupalata in German

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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 (even English!). 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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