Gaudidvipa, Gauḍīdvīpa, Gaudi-dvipa: 2 definitions


Gaudidvipa 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: A History Of Indian Civilization Vol. 1

Gauḍīdvīpa (गौडीद्वीप) refers to the kingdom of the Śailendras.—Under the influence of the famous Buddhist sage of Bengal, Kumāraghoṣa who was the Guru of the Śailendras (Gauḍī-dvīpa-guru), the famous temple of Tārā was built in 778 A. D. Four years later an image of Mañjuśrī was dedicated by a royal priest from Gauḍa, who purified the Śailendra Emperor by the dust of his feet. The two inscriptions of Kalasan and Kelurak that testify to the above are inscribed in a North Indian script.

Source: JSTOR: Tārā and Nyai Lara Kidul

Gaudidvipa has been identified by Bosch as Gauda (Gaudavisaya), one of the names for the state of Bengal (Vangala) ruled by the Pala kings. The involvement of oneor more gurus from this area would be a plausible explanation for the long-noted scriptural similarities between the Kalasan inscription and those of the Bengal ruler Devapala (ca. 810-850) and his predecessor Dharmapala.

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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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