Balabhadrasvamin, Balabhadrasvāmin, Balabhadra-svamin: 1 definition


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Source: What is India: Epigraphia Indica volume XXXI (1955-56)

Balabhadrasvāmin is one of the five deified heroes, as mentioningtioned in to the “Kalahandi Plates of Anantavarman Vajrahasta” (877 A.D.). Balabhadrasvāmin, for whom king Surendravarman is stated in the record to have built an artificial cave or cave-temple, it may be argued that he was a saint held by the monarch in special esteem. It is, however, more likely that Bhagavat Balabhadrasvāmin of the present inscription is no other than the wellknown Vaishnavite deity variously called Balabhadra, Baladeva, Balarāma, Saṅkarṣaṇa, etc.

Balabhadrasvāmin was one of the five deified heroes of the Yādava-Sātvata-Vṛṣṇi clan, the others being Vāsudeva (Kṛṣṇa), Pradyumna, Aniruddha and Sāmba.

These copper plates (mentioning Balabhadrasvāmin) were originally found in a village called Chīpurupalli about sixteen miles to the east of Parlakimedi in the Ganjam District, Orissa. It records a grant of some land to a Brāhmaṇa called Nārāyaṇa Jaḍyālākṣetra (son of Nārāyaṇa).

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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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