Asipatravana, aka: Asipatra-vana; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Asipatravana (असिपत्रवन).—One of the notorious twentyeight hells. If you destroy forests without purpose you will go to this hell. (Chapter 6, Anuśāsana Parva 2, Viṣṇu Purāṇa). The Devī Bhāgavata describes Asipatravana like this: "Those who forsake their own natural duty and go in for that of others are thrown into this hell; they die by the orderlies of Yama, the King of Death. There they will be whipped by a whip made of thorny herbs and as they run about with pain they will be followed and whipped. Crashing against the big stones there they will fall fainting and the moment they wake up from the faint they will be stabbed again. This will be repeated. (Aṣṭama Skandha, Devī Bhāgavata).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Asipatravana (असिपत्रवन).—One of 28 hells. Intended for those who leave the Vedic path to that of the pākhaṇḍas; here their bodies are torn to pieces by the sharp edges of asipatra leaves (lit. forest where leaves are swords);1 in it fall those who cut and deal in camels and hunters who cut off animals, besides those fallen from karma.2 Those that cut trees for no reason also fall into this.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 26. 7 & 15; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 28. 84; IV. 2. 149 and 173; 33. 61; Matsya-purāṇa 141. 71; Vāyu-purāṇa 101. 170; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 6. 41; II. 6. 3.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 56. 79; 110. 43.
  • 3) Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 6. 3 and 26.
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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Asipatravana (असिपत्रवन) [also spelled Asipattravana] refers to the “hell of the forest of swords” and is one of the “eight hells of fire and flame” forming part of the sixteen utsadas (secondary hells) sitauted outside of the eight great hells, according to the “world of transmigration” section in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXVII).—Accordingly, “some people, sword in hand, have gone into battle, wounded and killed; they have cut down a tree under which they have crushed their enemy in order to avenge some old grievance; they have betrayed the secret confided to them in good faith by a friend. For all these reasons, they fall into the hell of the forest of swords (asipattravana). When the damned enter into this hell, the wind blows over the sword-shaped leaves that then cut off the hands, feet, ears and noses of the damned. In this forest there are ravens (kāka), vultures (gṛdha) and evil dogs (śvan-) that come to eat the flesh of the damned”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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asipatravana (असिपत्रवन).—n S A fabled forest where the wicked are tormented with leaves pointed and rigid like swords.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Asipatravana (असिपत्रवन).—n.

(-naṃ) A hell where the trees have leaves as sharp as swords. E. asi and patra a leaf, vana a wood.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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