Viraprabha, Vīraprabha: 1 definition

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Viraprabha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Vīraprabha (वीरप्रभ) is the son of an ancient Niṣāda king, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 58. Accordingly, as the warder said to king Sumanas: “... king, the daughter of the King of the Niṣādas, named Muktālatā, is standing outside the door with a parrot in a cage, accompanied by her brother Vīraprabha, and wishes to see your Majesty”.

The story of Vīraprabha was narrated by Gomukha to Naravāhanadatta in order to demonstrate that “the appointed union of human beings certainly takes place in this world, though vast spaces intervene”.

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