Somaprabha, aka: Somaprabhā; 1 Definition(s)

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Katha (narrative stories)

[Somaprabha in Katha glossaries]

1) Somaprabhā (सोमप्रभा) is the name of an apsaras (heavenly nymph) born to Dharmagupta and Candraprabhā in the city Pāṭaliputra, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 17. Their story was told by Vasantaka to Padmāvatī and queen Vāsavadattā. Accordingly, “that girl (Somaprabhā), the moment she was born, illuminated the chamber with her beauty, spoke distinctly, and got up and sat down... Then that girl, whose name was Somaprabhā, gradually grew up with human body, but celestial splendour of beauty”.

2) Somaprabhā (सोमप्रभा) is the daughter of the Asura Maya, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 28. Accordingly, “once on a time the daughter of the Asura Maya, named Somaprabhā, as she was journeying through the sky, saw her on the roof of a palace engaged in play. And Somaprabhā, while in the sky, beheld her lovely enough to bewilder with her beauty the mind even of a hermit...”.

3) Somaprabha (सोमप्रभ) is the name of a Gandharva who was transformed into an elephant named Śvetaraśmi, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 36. Accordingly, “we were two Gandharva brothers, living on the Malaya mountain; I was called Somaprabha, and the elder was Devaprabha. And my brother had but one wife, but she was very dear to him. Her name was Rājavatī”.

4) Somaprabha (सोमप्रभ) is the son of king Jyotiṣprabha and Harṣavatī from Ratnākara, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 58. Accordingly, as Pulastya said in his hermitage: “... there was born to him [king Jyotiṣprabha], by his queen named Harṣavatī, a son, whose birth was due to the favour of Śiva propitiated by severe asceticism. Because the queen saw in a dream the moon entering her mouth, the king gave his son the name of Somaprabha. And the prince gradually grew up with ambrosial qualities, furnishing a feast to the eyes of the subjects”.

5) Somaprabhā (सोमप्रभा) is one of the five daughters of Vidyādhara king Vajradaṃṣṭra, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 65. Accordingly, “... one day he [Rajatadaṃṣhṭra] saw his eldest sister, by name Somaprabhā, playing upon a piñjara. In his childishness he kept begging for the piñjara, saying: ‘Give it me, I too want to play on it’”.

6)Somaprabhā (सोमप्रभा) is the daughter of Harisvāmin: a Brāhman from Ujjayinī, as mentioned in the fifth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 79. Accordingly, “... in Ujjayinī there lived an excellent Brāhman, the dear dependent and minister of King Puṇyasena, and his name was Harisvāmin. That householder had by his wife, who was his equal in birth, an excellent son like himself, Devasvāmin by name. And he also had born to him a daughter, famed for her matchless beauty, rightly named Somaprabhā”.

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

(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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