Tapodatta; 1 Definition(s)


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Katha (narrative stories)

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Tapodatta (तपोदत्त) is name of a Brāhman from Pratiṣṭhāna, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 40. Accordingly, “there lived in Pratiṣṭhāna a Brāhman of the name of Tapodatta. He, though his father kept worrying him; would not learn the sciences in his boyhood. Subsequently he found himself censured by all, and, being filled with regret, he went to the bank of the Ganges, in order to perform asceticism for the acquisition of knowledge”.

The story of Tapodatta was narrated by Gomukha in order to demonstrate that “a wise man is easily made to listen to reason”.

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