Dakshinapancala, Dakṣiṇapāñcāla, Dakṣiṇapañcāla, Dakshina-pancala: 3 definitions


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The Sanskrit terms Dakṣiṇapāñcāla and Dakṣiṇapañcāla can be transliterated into English as Daksinapancala or Dakshinapancala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Dakshinapanchala.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Dakṣiṇapāñcāla (दक्षिणपाञ्चाल).—A place famous in the Purāṇas. This place lies to the south of the Ganges up to the river Caṃpat. It is mentioned in Mahābhārata Sabhā Parva, Chapter 14, Stanza 27, that the King of this country fled to the south fearing Jarāsandha. Pāñcāla lies to the south and north of the Ganges. But the country was divided into two when Droṇa defeated Drupada the King of Pāñcāla, and took away from him the part of the country north of the Ganges. After that, the part taken by Droṇa was called Uttarapāñcāla and the part south of the Ganges was called Dakṣiṇapāñcāla. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 137).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Dakṣiṇapāñcāla (दक्षिणपाञ्चाल).—(c)—the country to which Purañjana went by the entrance of the Pitṛs, allegorically pravṛttiśāstra.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 25. 50; 29. 13.
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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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India history and geogprahy

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Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism

Dakṣiṇapañcāla (दक्षिणपञ्चाल) or “Souther Pancala” refers to one of the two divisions of ancient Pañcāla: one of the sixteen Mahājanapadas of the Majjhimadesa (Middle Country) of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—Like the Kuru country, the Pañcāla country too, which, by the way, is also mentioned in the Aṅguttara Nikāya as one of the sixteen Mahājanapadas of Jambudīpa, was divided into two divisions: the northern or Uttarā Pañcāla and the southern or Dakṣiṇa Pañcāla, the Bhagirathi forming the dividing line. In the Divyāvadāna we read of two Pañcālavishayas: Uttarā Pañcāla and Dakṣiṇa Pañcāla. The Jātakas as well as the Mahābhārata also refer to these two divisions of the country.

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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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