Dvipa, aka: Dvīpa; 6 Definition(s)
Dvipa means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.
- 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 72. 71; Matsya-purāṇa 113. 4-5; 123. 35.
- 2) Matsya-purāṇa 123. 35; Vāyu-purāṇa 49. 132.
1b) Seven in number; Plakṣa, Śālmalī, Kuśa, Krauñca, Śāka, Puṣkara and Jambu; description of.*
- * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 21. 12; VIII. 19. 23; V. 20 (whole); Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 19. 136.
The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.
General definition (in Hinduism)
Dvīpa (द्वीप, ‘island’) is mentioned in the Rigveda1 and later. But there is no reason to imagine that the islands referred to were other than sandbanks in the great rivers, Indus or Ganges. Vedic literature knows nothing of the system of geography according to which the earth consists of four, seven, or thirteen Dvīpas grouped round Mount Meru.(Source): archive.org: Vedic index of Names and Subjects
The planets are called dvīpas. Outer space is like an ocean of air. Just as there are islands in the watery ocean, these planets in the ocean of space are called dvīpas, or islands in outer space.
The seven islands (dvīpas) are known as
- Gomeda, or Plakṣa, and
dvipa : (m.) an elephant.(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.
General definition (in Buddhism)
Dvīpa (द्वीप) or Caturdvīpa refers to the “four continents” as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 120):
- Pūrvavideha in the east,
- Jambudvīpa in the centre,
- Aparagodānī in the west,
- Uttarakurudvīpa in the north.
The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., dvīpa). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha
Languages of India and abroad
dvīpa (द्वीप).—n (S & m n) An island: also any land washed by water on two of its sides (dvi & ap). The word is applied particularly to the seven grand divisions of the earth, each being surrounded by a sea; and the central division jambu or the known continent is again portioned into ten divisions, likewise termed dvīpa. See saptadvīpa.(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.
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