Arakalapura, Arakaḷāpura, Arakala-pura: 1 definition



Arakalapura means something in 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.

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Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism

Arakaḷāpura (अरकऌआपुर) or simply Arakaḷā (Arakata) is the name of a locality situated in Dakkhiṇāpatha (Deccan) or “southern district” of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—From the Hāthigumpha inscription it is clear that King Khāravela conquered Arakatapura inhabited by a race of magicians called Vidyādharas. Arakata or Arakaḷā is the same kind of geographical name as Parakaṭa, Bhojakaṭa, etc. Phonetically it is the same name as modern Arcot. Prof. D. R. Bhandarkar is of opinion that the Sora of Ptolemy ’can easily be recognised to be the Tamil Sora or Choda’.

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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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