Akshayavata, aka: Akṣayavaṭa, Akṣayavata, Akshaya-vata; 3 Definition(s)
Akshayavata 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.
The Sanskrit terms Akṣayavaṭa and Akṣayavata can be transliterated into English as Aksayavata or Akshayavata, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Akṣayavaṭa (अक्षयवट).—A sacred lake. When the Pāṇḍavas during their exile went to Pulastyāśrama sage Pulastya gave a description of all the sacred lakes in India. He says, "After reaching Mārkaṇḍeya lake you should visit the meeting place of the rivers Gaṅgā and Gomatī. Then when you reach Gayā you will find there a lake called Akṣayavaṭa. If you bathe in that lake you will get salvation". In the Navama Skandha of Devī Bhāgavata you find the following about Akṣayavaṭa: "Puṣpabhadrā is one of the famous sacred rivers in India. This river starts from the Himālayas with the name Śarāvatī and flowing for 500 yojanas (One yojanam is equal to about 8 miles) on the left side of river Gomatī reaches the western ocean. There is an āśrama called Akṣayavaṭa on the shores of this beautiful river which always carries crystal clear water. The āśrama got that name because of a big banyan tree standing near it. Kapila, the great sage, did penance sitting here for a long time. Lord Śiva, Bhadrakālī and Skanda used to come and sit underneath this banyan tree.(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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.
Itihasa (narrative history)
Akṣayavata (अक्षयवत) refers to the name of a Tīrtha (pilgrim’s destination) mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.82.72). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Akṣayavata) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.
Akṣayavaṭa is also mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. III.85.8) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places.(Source): JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).
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