Sunandana: 5 definitions


Sunandana 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Sunandana in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Sunandana (सुनन्दन).—A son of Kṛṣṇa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 90. 34.

1b) A son of Purīṣabhīru and father of Cakora.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 1. 25-26.

1c) A Janapada of the Bhadrā country.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 43. 19.

1d) A forest in the Brahmakṣetram.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 59. 129.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Sunandana in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Sunandana (सुनन्दन) is the brother of king Bhūnandana from Kaśmīra, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 73. Accordingly, “... after saying this, King Bhūnandana informed his subjects of his resolution, and gave the kingdom to his younger brother named Sunandana”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Sunandana, 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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Sunandana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Sunandana (सुनन्दन).—name of a devaputra: Lalitavistara 7.5 (verse; = Sunanda 1 of other lists).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Sunandana (सुनन्दन):—[=su-nandana] [from su > su-nakṣatra] m. Name of a son of Kṛṣṇa, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] of a son of Purīṣa-bhīru, [ib.]

3) [v.s. ...] of a brother of Bhūnandana, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

4) [=su-nandana] [from su > su-nakṣatra] n. Name of the 12th Muhūrta, [Catalogue(s)]

[Sanskrit to German]

Sunandana in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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