Gadavasana, Gadāvasāna: 1 definition


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Gadāvasāna (गदावसान).—A particular centre in Madhurāpurī. The name owes its origin to the following reason. When Kṛṣṇa killed Kaṃsa, his father-in-law Jarāsandha got so angry that he hurled his gadā (club) ninetynine times at Madhurāpurī from his capital, Girivraja. The spot where the gadā finally fell came to be called Gadāvasāna in course of time. (Mahābhārata Sabhā Parva, Chapter 18, Verses 22-25).

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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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