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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

1) Samudradatta (समुद्रदत्त) is the name of a merchant whose wife was named Śaktimatī, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 13. Samudradatta, guilty of adultery, was captured by a city guard and taken to the temple of the Yakṣa named Maṇibhadra.

2) Samudradatta (समुद्रदत्त) is the name of a merchant from Viṭaṅkapura who commonly traded with the island of Utsthala according to the “story of the golden city”, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 24. Accordingly, “... and after accomplishing many kos and crossing many lands he [Śaktideva] reached the city of Viṭaṅkapura, the ornament of the seashore. There he sought out a merchant named Samudradatta, who traded with the island of Utsthala, and struck up a friendship with him. And he went on board his ship with him, and having food for the voyage fully supplied by his kindness, he set out on the ocean path”.

3) Samudradatta (समुद्रदत्त) is the name of a merchant (vaṇij) from Tāmraliptī, as mentioned in the third story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 77. Accordingly, “... and she [Vasudattā] was given to an excellent young merchant named Samudradatta, equal to her in rank, distinguished for wealth and youth, who was an object that the eyes of lovely women loved to feast on, as the partridges on the rays of the moon, and who dwelt in the city of Tāmraliptī, which is inhabited by honourable men”.

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