Vimalapura, Vimala-pura: 2 definitions



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Kavya (poetry)

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

1) Vimalapura (विमलपुर) is the name of an ancient city, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 56. Accordingly, as Nārāyaṇī narrated to a group of divine mothers (mātṛcakra) in presence of Candrasvāmin, who was listening from a tree: “... then, on reaching her father-in-law’s city, named Vimalapura, Vidyādharī at night went with her husband to their couch. There her husband Prabhākara fell asleep without embracing her as she desired, and when she observed him she saw him to be a eunuch”.

2) Vimalapura or simply Vimala is also mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 110. Accordingly, “... [Naravāhanadatta] left that plateau of Kailāsa, and by the advice of King Kāñcanadaṃṣṭra, who showed him the way, went to that city of Mandaradeva named Vimala (Vimalapura). And he reached that city, which was adorned with lofty ramparts of gold, and looked like Mount Sumeru come to adore Kailāsa, and, entering it [Vimalapura], found that it resembled the sea in all but the presence of water, being very deep, characterised by unfailing prosperity, and an inexhaustible mine of jewels”.

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

Vimalapura (विमलपुर):—[=vi-mala-pura] [from vi-mala] n. Name of a city, [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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