Cirapura, aka: Cira-pura; 1 Definition(s)


Cirapura means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Chirapura.

In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Cirapura (चिरपुर) is the name of an ancient city according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 55. Accordingly, “... in old time there was a king named Ciradātṛ, sovereign of Cirapura. Though he was an excellent man, his followers were extremely wicked”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Cirapura, 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.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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