Samudramanthana, Samudra-manthana: 1 definition


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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Shodhganga: A critical appreciation of soddhalas udayasundarikatha

Samudramanthana (समुद्रमन्थन).—Soḍḍhala has given a number of stray references to samudramanthana, the “churning of the ocean” already described in the Purāṇas. She gods and demons assembled together wanted to churn the ocean. She mountain Mandara was made the churning staff. Śeṣa was used as the rope of the staff. Bali was made the chief of the activities and demons were associated with the gods in the churning.

They churned the ocean for hundred years and received the fourteen jewels, viz., Lakṣmī, Kaustubha, Pārijātaka, Surā, Dhanavantari, the moon, wish-yeilding cows, the elephant Airāvata, Śārṅga, the horse Uccaiḥśravas, the nectar, an umbrella, a cow, Kuṇḍalas and the Kalakūṭa.

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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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