Vidyuddhvaja: 3 definitions


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Kavya (poetry)

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

Vidyuddhvaja (विद्युद्ध्वज) is the name of an Asura according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 115. Accordingly, “... and by the favour of Brahmā, who was pleased with his asceticism [of Vidyutprabha], that enemy of the gods obtained a son named Vidyuddhvaja, who was invulnerable at their hands. That son of the king of the Daityas, even when a child, was of great valour...”.

Vidyuddhvaja was slain by the Gods (Devas) and the Vidyādhara Muktāphalaketu, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 114. Accordingly, as the the two heavenly swans (Piṅgeśvara and Guheśvara) said this to King Brahmadatta (Maṇipuṣpeśvara): “... come, let us go to that holy place of Śiva on the Tridaśa mountain, rightly named Siddhīśvara, where the gods performed asceticism in order to bring about the destruction of the Asura Vidyuddhvaja. And they slew that Asura in fight, with the help of Muktāphalaketu, the head of all the Vidyādhara princes, who had been obtained by the favour of Śiva”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Vidyuddhvaja, 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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[«previous next»] — Vidyuddhvaja in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vidyuddhvaja (विद्युद्ध्वज):—[=vidyud-dhvaja] [from vidyud > vi-dyut] m. Name of an Asura, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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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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