Dhyanadharini, Dhyānadhāriṇī, Dhyana-dharini: 1 definition



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Source: archive.org: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study (history)

Dhyānadhāriṇī (ध्यानधारिणी) is the name of a river mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa that could correspond with the Degh.—The Nīlamata refers to the confluence of the Dhyānadhāriṇī with the Vitastā and states that the river Viśokā had concealed itself in the Dhyānadhāriṇī. Kalhaṇa’s Rājataraṇgiṅī does not refer to this river but knows a place Dhyānoḍḍāra. The word Uḍḍār denotes Uḍar or alluvial plateaus. This Dhyānoḍḍāra was a village not very far from the bank of the Gambhīrā (the deep), a designation of the lowest portion of the course of the Viśokā between the point where it receives the waters of the Rembyār and its own confluence with the Vitastā. I suggest that this portion of the course of the river Viśokā flowing near the village Dhyānoḍḍāra was formerly called Dhyānadhāriṇī—the sustainer of the village Dhyāna—and was later on given the appellation Gambhīrā for being there too deep to be fordable. Why is the name Gambhīrā—highly extolled in the Māhātmyas—absent in the Nīlamata, is also explained by this identification.

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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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