Rupasena, Rūpasena: 1 definition


Rupasena 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

Rūpasena (रूपसेन) is one of the two sons of the Vidyādhara king Muktasenā and queen Kambuvatī, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 42. Accordingly, as Indīvarasena said to king Parityāgasena after remembering his former live: “... and by a queen named Kambuvatī he [Muktasenā] had born to him in course of time two virtuous sons, Padmasena and Rūpasena”.

The story of Rūpasena and Muktāsena was narrated by Gomukha to Naravāhanahatta in order to demonstrate that “the great must endure great pains and gain great glory, but others have little pain and little glory”.

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