Cakrapura, Cakra-pura: 5 definitions



Cakrapura means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Chakrapura.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Cakrapura in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Cakrapura (चक्रपुर) is the name of an ancient city, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 123. Accordingly, as a bunch of Yoginīs said to each other: “... to-night we must go to the general assembly of the witches in Cakrapura, and how can this Brāhman be kept safe in this place which is full of wild beasts? So let us take him to some place where he will be happy; and afterwards we will bring him back again: he has fled to us for protection”.

Note: Both the India Office MSS. read Vakrapura [instead of Cakrapura]. The Sanskrit College MS. supports Brockhaus’ text.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Cakrapura, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Cakrapura (चक्रपुर) is the name of an ancient city, according to chapter 6.1 [kunthusvāmi-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.

Accordingly:—“[...] The Lord (i.e., Kunthu) got out of the palanquin, abandoned his ornaments, etc., and became a mendicant together with a thousand kings, while observing a two-day fast, on the fifth day of the black half of Vaiśākha in the afternoon, (the moon being) in the Kṛttikās. He attained the fourth knowledge called ‘mind-reading.’ On the next day the Master broke his fast with rice-pudding in the house of King Vyāghrasiṃha in the city Cakrapura. The five things, the stream of treasure, et cetera, were made there by the gods; but a platform of jewels was made by Vyāghrasiñha on the place of the Lord’s feet”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Cakrapura (चक्रपुर):—[=cakra-pura] [from cakra] n. Name of a town (built by Cakra-mardikā, [Rājataraṅgiṇī iv, 213]), [Kathāsaritsāgara cxxiii, 213.]

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Cakrapura in German

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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.

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