Amarakantaka, aka: Amarakaṇṭaka, Amara-kantaka; 3 Definition(s)


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Amarakaṇṭaka (अमरकण्टक).—A mountain. It was on this mountain that some parts of Tripura, which was burnt by Śiva fell. From that time it became a holy place. In Padma Purāṇa, Ādi Khaṇḍa, Chapter 15, we see the following passage about the benefits obtained by visiting this holy place. "One who goes to Amarakaṇṭaka mountain will enjoy the fourteen worlds for thirtyseven thousand crores of years. Afterwards he will be born on earth as King and reign as supreme emperor. A visit to Amarakaṇṭaka has ten times the value of an Aśvamedha. If one has Śiva’s darśana there, one will attain Svarga. At the time of eclipse, all kinds of holy things converge towards Amarakaṇṭaka. Those who take their bath in Jvāleśvara in Amarakaṇṭaka will enter Svarga. The dead will have no rebirth. Those who renounce their lives at Jvāleśvara will live in Rudraloka till the time of great Deluge. In the valley of Amarakaṇṭaka and in the Tirtha live Devas known as Amaras and numerous Ṛṣis. Amarakaṇṭaka Kṣetra has a circumference of one yojana. (about eight miles).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Amarakaṇṭaka (अमरकण्टक).—(Mt.) the sacred hill at the top of Mālyavat. Here Aṅgiras performed penance for fifteen crores of years; here is the R. Viśalyakaraṇī, forming a part of Kalinga; Siddhikṣetram, noted for śrāddha offering,1 and pitṛ piṇḍa; a kṣetra of the Narmadā by name Jaleśvarā; surrounded by the hill Rudrakoṭi; superior to Kurukṣetra;2 its crest lustrous as the pralayāgni; there were golden kuśas touching the bank of the south Narmadā; here Aṅgiras, once after Agnihotra saw the step to svarga or heaven; on the west is a tank, bordering on Kalinga another holy place. Sung even by Śukra.3

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 13. 4-16.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 22. 28; 186. 12-34; 188. 79 and 82; 191. 25; 193. 54; 194. 44.
  • 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 77. 4-16; 112. 32.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Amarakantaka in Sanskrit glossary... « previous · [A] · next »

Amarakaṇṭaka (अमरकण्टक).—Name of the part of the Vindhya range which is near the source of the river Narmadā.

Derivable forms: amarakaṇṭakam (अमरकण्टकम्).

Amarakaṇṭaka is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms amara and kaṇṭaka (कण्टक).

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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