Aryavarta, aka: Āryāvarta, Arya-avarta; 6 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Āryāvarta (आर्यावर्त).—Another name for Bhārata. There is also a place of that name. According to Smṛti the land lying between the Himālayas and the Vindhyas is called Āryāvarta. (Śloka 15, Chapter 325, Śānti Parva, Mahābhārata). (See full article at Story of Āryāvarta from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Āryāvarta (आर्यावर्त).—A king of the dynasty of Viśvakarmā. Genealogy. Descending in order from Viṣṇu are Brahmā, Dharma, Prabhāsa, Viśvakarmā, Priyavrata, Agnīdhra, Nābhi, Ṛṣabha and Āryāvarta.

2) Of these Ṛṣabha got of his wife Jayantī twenty sons: Bharata, Kuśāvarta, Ilāvarta, Brahmāvarta, Aryāvarta Malaya, Ketu, Bhadrasena, Indraspṛk, Vidarbha, Kīkaṭa, Kavi, Hari, Antarīkṣa, Prabuddha, Pippalāyana, Āvirhotra, Dramiḍa, Camasa and Karabhājana. Of these Bharata ruled over this land and gave it the name Bhārata. Brothers of Bharata ruled different parts of this land. Dramiḍa’s land became known later as Drāviḍa (Dakṣiṇabhārata).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Āryāvarta (आर्यावर्त).—Twenty-five of Ikṣvāku's sons were rulers over this territory; given to Upadraṣṭa by Paraśurāma.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 6. 5; 16. 22.
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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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Āryāvarta (आर्यावर्त).—In defining the boundaries of Āryāvarta, Vasiṣṭha and Baudhāyana in their Dharmasūtras lay stress on the word Ārya and explain it to mean śiṣṭa. Patañjali also in his Mahābhāṣya first explains the meaning of śiṣṭa in order to draw attention to the cultural basis of the name Āryāvarta. He remarks that correct conduct is found in Āryāvarta and then mentions its boundaries.

Source: archive.org: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions (dharma)
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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India history and geogprahy

Āryāvarta (आर्यावर्त) or Āryāvartta is the name of a locality mentioned in the Gupta inscription No. 1. The Gupta empire (r. 3rd-century CE), founded by Śrī Gupta, covered much of ancient India and embraced the Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Literally Āryāvarta means “the abode of the Āryas, or excellent or noble people”.

In the Brāhmaṇa period the centre of Āryan culture and civilization shifted to the Gangetic Doab “Āryāvarta came to be treated as conterminous with the region between the Gaṅgā and Yamunā. In the Taittirīya Āraṇyaka special honour is assigned to those who dwell between the Gaṅgā and the Yamunā. In the Śutra period Āryāvarta extended from the hills of Central Rajasthan to the hills of Central Bihar. At the time of Patañjali, Āryāvarta was bounded on the north by the Himalayas, on the south by Pāriyātraka, on the west by Ādarśāvalī and on the east by Kālakavana (Rajmahal hills) ‘Black Forest’ or rather Kanakhala, near Hardwar.

Thus it seems that Āryāvarta bore a sacerdotal sense and denoted a particularly limited area where Āryan institutions were the basis of social order.

Source: archive.org: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions

Āryāvarta (आर्यावर्त).—The Allahabad pillar inscription sets forth a list of the rulers of Āryāvarta whom, we are told, Samudragupta forcibly uprooted. They are

  1. Rudradeva,
  2. Matila,
  3. Nāgadatta,
  4. Candravarman,
  5. Gaṇapatināga,
  6. Nāgasena,
  7. Acyutanandin,
  8. Balavarman.

We have also noted above that three of these Āryāvarta kings, namely, Gaṇapatināga, Nāgasena and Acyutanandin, have been mentioned in the verse portion of the praśasti as co-operating with a Kota prince to form a confederacy against Samudragupta.

Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Early Gupta Kings
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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

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Aryavarta in Sanskrit glossary... « previous · [A] · next »

Āryāvarta (आर्यावर्त).—[āryāṃ āvartante atra] 'abode of the noble or excellent (Āryas)'; particularly Name of the tract extending from the eastern to the western ocean, and bounded on the north and south by the Himālaya and Vindhya respectively; cf. Ms..2.22; आ समुद्रात्तु वै पूर्वादा समुद्राच्च पश्चिमात् । तयोरेवान्तरं गिर्योः (ā samudrāttu vai pūrvādā samudrācca paścimāt | tayorevāntaraṃ giryoḥ) (himavadvindhyayoḥ) आर्यावर्तं विदुर्बुधाः (āryāvartaṃ vidurbudhāḥ) ||; also 1.34.

Derivable forms: āryāvartaḥ (आर्यावर्तः).

Āryāvarta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ārya and āvarta (आवर्त).

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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