Vinadatta, Vīṇādatta, Vina-datta: 1 definition


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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Vīṇādatta (वीणादत्त) is the name of a Gandharva, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 106. Accordingly, as Vegavatī said to Naravāhanadatta: “... then the good Gandharva Vīṇādatta, seeing that he [Naravāhanadatta] had the veritable signs of an emperor, took him to his own dwelling, and waited upon him with all the luxuries at his command. And the next day Naravāhanadatta, perceiving that the inhabitants of the city carried lyres in their hands”.

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