Vitankapura, Viṭaṅkapura, Vitanka-pura: 3 definitions


Vitankapura 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.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Viṭaṅkapura (विटङ्कपुर) is the name of a city that Dīrghatapas instructed Śaktideva to go to in order to travel the island of Utsthala, according to the “story of the golden city”, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 25. Accordingly: “and after accomplishing many kos and crossing many lands he reached the city of Viṭaṅkapura, the ornament of the seashore. There he sought out a merchant named Samudradatta, who traded with the island of Utsthala, and struck up a friendship with him”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Viṭaṅkapura, 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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Skanda-purana

Viṭaṅkapura (विटङ्कपुर) is the name of a city mentioned in the Skandapurāṇa book VI chapter 75.7-8 (installation of Muṇḍīra, Kālapriya and Mūlasthāna). Accordingly, “there is that excellent Viṭaṅkapura on the seashore. It is embellished with high rampart walls washed by the waves of sea. There was a Brāhmaṇa there who became afflicted by leprosy at the advent of his youth as a result of the previous Karmas”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Viṭaṅkapura (विटङ्कपुर):—[=vi-ṭaṅka-pura] [from vi-ṭaṅka] n. Name of a town, [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. 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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