Suryaprabha, aka: Sūryaprabha, Sūryaprabhā; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Sūryaprabhā (सूर्यप्रभा) is the name of a beautiful damsel (kanyā), with black curly hair and red lips, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 92. Sūryaprabhā (and other innumerable ladies) arose out of the agitation of Vaiṣṇavī while she was doing penance at Viśālā. For these young women, Vaiṣṇavī created the city Devīpura, containing numerous mansions with golden balconies, crystal stairs and water fountains, with jewelled windows and gardens.

Vaiṣṇavī is the form of Trikalā having a red body representing the energy of Viṣṇu. Trikalā is the name of a Goddess born from the combined looks of Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Maheśvara (Śiva).

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa
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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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Katha (narrative stories)

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1) Sūryaprabha (सूर्यप्रभ) is the name of the eighth book of the Kathāsaritsāgara, written by Somadeva in the 11th-century.

2) Sūryaprabha (सूर्यप्रभ) is the name of an ancient Vidyādhara king, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 44. Accordingly, as Vajraprabha said to Naravāhanadatta: “... and though, by the favour of Śiva, a prince of the name of Sūryaprabha was ruler over us for a Kalpa of the gods, still he was only lord in the southern division, but in the northern division a prince called Śrutaśarman was emperor”.

3) Sūryaprabha (सूर्यप्रभ) is the name of an ancient king from Vakraloka, according to the nineteenth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 93. Accordingly, “... there is a city named Vakrolaka, equal to the city of the gods; in it there dwelt a king named Sūryaprabha, equal to Indra. He, like Viṣṇu, rescued this earth, and bore it a long time on his arm, gladdening all men by his frame ever ready to bear their burdens. In the realm of that king [Sūryaprabha] tears were produced only by contact with smoke; there was no talk of death except in the case of the living death of starved lovers, and the only fines were the fine gold sticks in the hands of his warders”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Sūryaprabha, 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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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1) sūryaprabha (skt.) lit: 'bright as the sun'; (sūrya-prabha)

2) of the king after whom the 8th Lambaka of the Kathā-sarit-sāgara is called ( [ -tā ] f.) Lit. Kathās.

3) [ sūryaprabha ] m. a kind of Samādhi Lit. Kāraṇḍ.

4) N. of the palace of Lakshmaṇā (wife of Kṛishṇa) Lit. Hariv.

5) of a serpent-demon Lit. Buddh.

6) of a Bodhi-sattva Lit. ib.

7) of various kings Lit. Kathās. Lit. Cat.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams

In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

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Sūryaprabha; The bodhisattva Sunlight. One of the two bodhisattvas who attend Medicine Master Buddha. See Sunlight.

Sūryaprabha [日光菩薩] (Skt; Jpn Nikkō-bosatsu);

Source: Nichiren: Buddhism Library

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