Gauritirtha, aka: Gaurītīrtha, Gauri-tirtha; 2 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Purana

[Gauritirtha in Purana glossaries]

Gaurītīrtha (गौरीतीर्थ).—Sacred to Pitṛs.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 22. 31.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Katha (narrative stories)

[Gauritirtha in Katha glossaries]

Gaurītīrtha (गौरीतीर्थ) is the name of a sacred lake (tīrtha) situated in Śobhāvatī, as mentioned in the sixth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 80. Accordingly, “... and in that city [Śobhāvatī] there was a splendid temple of Gaurī, and to the south of it there was a lake, called Gaurītīrtha. And every year, during a feast on the fourteenth day of the white fortnight of the month Āṣāḍha, large crowds came there to bathe from every part of the world”.

The story of Gaurītīrtha is mentioned in the Vetālapañcaviṃśati (twenty-five tales of a vetāla) which is embedded in the twelfth book of the Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’). The main book is a famous Sanskrit epic detailing the exploits of prince Naravāhanadatta in his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The Kathā-sarit-sāgara is is explained to be an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā which consisted of 100,000 verses and in turn forms part of an even larger work containing 700,000 verses.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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