Akupara, aka: Akūpāra, Ākūpāra; 2 Definition(s)


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Akūpāra (अकूपार).—General information. There is a lake in the Himālayas called Indradyumna. Akūpāra is a tortoise living in it. There is also a statement that this is the Ādi-Kūrma (second of the ten incarnations of God). A description of Akūpāra is found in Chapter 199 of Vana Parva in Mahābhārata. Cirañjīvī (One who has no death). When the Pāṇḍavas were in exile in the forests sage Mārkaṇḍeya tells many stories to Dharmaputra to console him in his sad plight. The Pāṇḍavas asked Mārkaṇḍeya whether he knew of anybody living before him. Then the sage said, "In times of old Indradyumna an ascetic King (Rājarṣi) fell down from heaven when he fell short of his accumulated 'Puṇya'. Sorrowfully he came to me and asked me whether I knew him. I replied in the negative adding that perhaps Prāvīrakarṇa an owl living on the top of the Himālayas might know him since he was older than me. At once Indradyumna became a horse and taking me on its back approached the owl living in the Himālayas. The owl also could not remember Indradyumna but directed him to a stork named Nāḍījaṃgha who was older than the owl. The Ascetic king took me then to the Indradyumna lake where the stork lived. The stork also could not find the identity of Indradyumna. Perhaps he said that a tortoise of name Akūpāra living in that same lake might know him. We then approached the tortoise and enquired whether he knew Indradyumna. The tortoise sat in meditation for some time and then weeping profusely and shaking like a leaf stood bowing respectfully and said, "How can I remain without knowing him? There are several monuments of the useful work done by him here. This very lake is of his making. This came into existence by the march of the cows he gave away to the people". The moment the tortoise finished speaking a chariot appeared from heaven to take the King away. The King after leaving me and the owl in their proper places ascended to heaven in the chariot. (See full article at Story of Akūpāra from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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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Akūpāra (अकूपार).—a.

1) Resulting in good, having a good issue.

2) Unlimited, unbounded; अकूपारस्य दावने (akūpārasya dāvane) Rv.5.39.2

-raḥ [na kuṃ pṛthvīṃ piparti; pṝ-aṇ bā° dīrghaḥ; na kvāpi pāraṃ pūraṇaṃ vā ganta- vyadeśo yasya vā, pṛṣo. dīrghaḥ]

1) The sea, the receptacle of waters; अकूपारः सलिलो मातरिश्वा (akūpāraḥ salilo mātariśvā) Rv.1.19.1 (samudro'pyakūpāra ucyate akūpāro bhavati mahāpāra: Nir.); न ह्यकूपारवत्कूपा वर्धन्ते विधुकान्तिभिः (na hyakūpāravatkūpā vardhante vidhukāntibhiḥ) H; अकूपारमिवापारं पारयिष्यामहे कथम् (akūpāramivāpāraṃ pārayiṣyāmahe katham) | Śivabhārata 31.44.

2) The sun (ādityo'pyakūpāra ucyate akūpāro bhavati dūrapāraḥ Nir.).

3) A tortoise in general (na kūpamṛcchati).

4) King of tortoises sustaining the world.

5) A stone or rock.

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Ākūpāra (आकूपार).—Name of different Sāman verses.

Derivable forms: ākūpāram (आकूपारम्).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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