Adhiraja, Adhirāja: 5 definitions


Adhiraja means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India. 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Adhirāja (अधिराज).—In rājasūya, Pṛthu was anointed as.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 8. 25.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Adhirāja (अधिराज) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.28.3) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Adhirāja) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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India history and geogprahy

Source: The Geographical Dictionary of Ancient and Mediaeval India

Adhirāja.—Same as Karuṣa: the country of Rewa. It was the kingdom of Dantavakra who was killed by Kṛṣṇa in Mathura (Padma-purāṇa., Pātāla, ch. 35). It was conqueredby Sahadeva, one of the five Pāṇḍavas (Mahābhārata, Sabhā Parva., ch. 30).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Adhirāja.—(IE 8-2), sometimes used as an imperial title, but sometimes as the title of a feudatory. Cf. Adhimahārāja. (BL), title of a subordinate ruler. (LL), designation of a supreme king. Note: adhirāja is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

adhirāja : (m.) emperor.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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