Brahmapura, Brahma-pura, Brahman-pura: 12 definitions
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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Brahmapura (ब्रह्मपुर) is the name of an ancient and sacred region, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.11.—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Sage Nārada: “[...] In the meantime, following the conventions of the world, Śiva wished to perform penance in order to concentrate his mind properly. Taking some important Gaṇas of quiet nature, Nandin and others, with Him, He went to the excellent Himālayan ridge—Gaṅgāvatāra, O sage, where the great holy river Gaṅgā flowed from Brahmapura formerly, in order to quell sins. [...]”.
Note: Cunningham (A. G. P. 299) identifies Brahmapura (the Po-lo-ki-mo-pu-lo of Hwen Thsang: Waters, I. P. 329) with the capital city Vairāṭapaṭṭana [vairatapattana] of the hilly country lying between the Alakanaṇdā [alakananda] and the Karnali rivers. The territory covered the districts of Garhwal and Kumaon (Cf. Brahma-purāṇa S. ch. 14 and G.D. P. 40) and was stretched within 667 miles in circuit.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
- * Vāyu-purāṇa 108. 39, 45; 109. 39.
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.
Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)
Brahmapura (ब्रह्मपुर) refers to a country, belonging to “Aiśānī (north-eastern division)” classified under the constellations of Revatī, Aśvinī and Bharaṇī, according to the system of Kūrmavibhāga, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 14), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “The countries of the Earth beginning from the centre of Bhāratavarṣa and going round the east, south-east, south, etc., are divided into 9 divisions corresponding to the 27 lunar asterisms at the rate of 3 for each division and beginning from Kṛttikā. The constellations of Revatī, Aśvinī and Bharaṇī represent the north-eastern consisting of [i.e., Brahmapura] [...]”.
Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)
Brahmapura (ब्रह्मपुर) is the name of an ancient city, according to the Vārāṇasīmāhātmya.—Chapter 7 deals with the north end of the town, which was the centre of Gāhaḍavāla religious activity. This area, referred to in the text as “Brahmapura”, is presented as an area of Brahmanical authority where gifts of gold, land, etc., are practised, as is indeed attested by the Gāhaḍavāla inscriptions, and where Vedic recitation constantly takes place.
Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.
India history and geography
Brahmapura (ब्रह्मपुर).—The town of Brahmapura is mentioned in Jhar and Sorath grants of Dharasena II. The place lay near Vajdi, which is about thirty kilometres from Junagadh.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
Brahmapura.—(EI 2), same as brahmapurī; a rent-free village in the possession of Brāhmaṇas; same as agrahāra, etc. Note: brahmapura is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.
The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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.
Languages of India and abroad
Brahmapura (ब्रह्मपुर).—the heart; दिव्ये ब्रह्मपुरे ह्येष व्योम्न्यात्मा प्रतिष्ठितः (divye brahmapure hyeṣa vyomnyātmā pratiṣṭhitaḥ) Muṇḍ.2.2.7.
2) the body; Ch. Up.
Derivable forms: brahmapuram (ब्रह्मपुरम्).
Brahmapura is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms brahman and pura (पुर).
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1) the city of Brahman (in heaven).
2) Name of Benares.
Derivable forms: brahmapuram (ब्रह्मपुरम्).
Brahmapura is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms brahman and pura (पुर). See also (synonyms): brahmapurī.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Brahmapura (ब्रह्मपुर).—[neuter] ī [feminine] Brahman's city (in heaven), also [Name] of [several] cities on the earth.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Brahmapura (ब्रह्मपुर):—[=brahma-pura] [from brahma > brahman] n. ‘Brahmā’s town’, Name of a city in heaven, [Mahābhārata] (-māhātmya n. Name of [work])
2) [v.s. ...] of a city on earth, [Varāha-mihira; Hitopadeśa]
3) [v.s. ...] of a kingdom, [Buddhist literature]
4) [v.s. ...] the heart, [Māṇḍūkya-upaniṣad, 12 mantra]
5) [v.s. ...] the body, [Chāndogya-upaniṣad] (cf. [Indian Wisdom, by Sir M. Monier-Williams 116, 2])
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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 (even English!). 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.
1) [noun] the abode of Brahma.
2) [noun] that part of a town where brāhmaṇas live.
Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Partial matches: Brahman, Brahma, Pura.
Starts with: Brahmapurabhidheya, Brahmapuraka, Brahmapurakhya, Brahmapuramahatmya, Brahmapurana.
Full-text: Brahmapuri, Brahmapurakhya, Brahmapuramahatmya, Brahmapurimahatmya, Brahmapurabhidheya, Brahmapuraka, Brahmasthala, Shirkali, Udyantakagiri, Gangavatara, Sarvagha, Aghaugha, Ganavara, Nipatita, Baramaka, Ayodhya.
Search found 17 books and stories containing Brahmapura, Brahma-pura, Brahman-pura; (plurals include: Brahmapuras, puras). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Chandogya Upanishad (Madhva commentary) (by Srisa Chandra Vasu)
Temples of Munnur (Historical Study) (by R. Muthuraman)
Buddhist records of the Western world (Xuanzang) (by Samuel Beal)
Chapter 11 - Country of P’o-lo-hih-mo-pu-lo (Brahmapura) < [Book IV - Fifteen Countries]
Chapter 10 - Country of Mo-ti-pu-lo (Matipura) < [Book IV - Fifteen Countries]
Shaiva Upanishads (A Critical Study) (by Arpita Chakraborty)
10. Śiva in the Daharākāśa < [Chapter 5 - Essence of Pañcabrahma Upaniṣad]
Chandogya Upanishad (Shankara Bhashya) (by Ganganatha Jha)
Section 7.1 (first khaṇḍa) (six texts) < [Chapter 8 - Eighth Adhyāya]
Later Chola Temples (by S. R. Balasubrahmanyam)
Temples in Sirkali < [Chapter II - Temples of Kulottunga I’s Time]