Dhanakataka, Dhanakaṭaka: 2 definitions


Dhanakataka means something in the history of ancient India. 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.

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Source: Administration And Social Life Under The Pallavas: Monasteries in Tēna-ka-chē-ka (Dhanakaṭaka)

Dhanakaṭaka (धनकटक).—From An-to-lo (Āndhra) the pilgrim (Hiuen Tsang) went to Dhanakaṭaka evidently the country round our present Dharaṇikoṭa near Amarāvati. He describes:—“There was a crowd of Buddhist monasteries, but most of them were deserted, about twenty being in use,with 1000 brethren mostly adherents of the Mahāsāṅgika system. There were above hundred Deva-temples and the followers of the various sects were very numerous. At a hill to the east of the capital was a monastery called Fu-p’o-shih-lo (Pūrvaśilā) or ‘East Mountain’ and at a hill to the west of the city was the A-fa-loshih-lo (Avaraśilā) or “West Mountain” monastery. These had been erected for the Buddha by a former king of the country who had made a communicating path by the river, and quarrying the rockshad formed high halls with long broad corridors continuous with the steep sides of the hills”.

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism

Dhanakataka (धनकतक) refers to an ancient capital city of Andhradeśa: a locality situated in Dakkhiṇāpatha (Deccan) or “southern district” of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—Andhradeśa is the country between the Godāvarī and the Kṛṣṇā including the district of Kṛṣṇā. The capital of the Andhradeśa seems to have been Dhanakataka which was visited by Yuan Chwang. But the earliest Andhra capital (Andhapura) was situated on the Telavāha river, identical probably with modern Tel or Telingiri both flowing near the confines of the Madras Presidency and the Central Provinces.

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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.

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