Tejahprabha, Tejaḥprabha: 1 definition

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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Tejaḥprabha (तेजःप्रभ) is the name of a Vidyādhara who, after trying to seize a serpent, was flung aside violently during the fire-sacrifice of Sumeru and Sūryaprabha, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 46. The story of Tejaḥprabha was narrated by the Vidyādhara king Vajraprabha to prince Naravāhanadatta in order to relate how “Sūryaprabha, being a man, obtain of old time the sovereignty over the Vidyādharas”.

In chapter 48, Tejaḥprabha is depicted as a great warrior (mahāratha) who fought on Śrutaśarman’s side in the war against Sūryaprabha. Accordingly: “... while Indra was saying this [to sage Nārada], fourteen great warriors came to assist the general Dāmodara: [Tejaḥprabha and others]. And those fifteen heroes, joined with Dāmodara, fighting in front of the line, kept off the followers of Sūryaprabha”.

The story of Tejaḥprabha was narrated by the Vidyādhara king Vajraprabha to prince Naravāhanadatta in order to relate how “Sūryaprabha, being a man, obtain of old time the sovereignty over the Vidyādharas”.

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