Shuddhapata, aka: Śuddhapaṭa; 1 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Śuddhapaṭa can be transliterated into English as Suddhapata or Shuddhapata, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Śuddhapaṭa (शुद्धपट) is the father of Madanasundarī, as mentioned in the sixth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 80. Accordingly, “... [Dhavala] saw there the virgin daughter of a man named Śuddhapaṭa, a girl called Madanasundarī, who had come to bathe in the sacred water [of Gaurītīrtha]. His heart was captivated by that girl who eclipsed the beauty of the moon, and after he had inquired her name and family, he went home love-smitten”.

The story of Śuddhapaṭa is mentioned in the Vetālapañcaviṃśati (twenty-five tales of a vetāla) which is embedded in the twelfth book of the Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’). The main book is a famous Sanskrit epic detailing the exploits of prince Naravāhanadatta in his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The Kathā-sarit-sāgara is is explained to be an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā which consisted of 100,000 verses and in turn forms part of an even larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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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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