Giridurga, aka: Giri-durga; 5 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Giridurga (गिरिदुर्ग) refers to type of “fort”, characterised as being situated on top of a mountain. It is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra

The Giridurga (गिरिदुर्ग) is erected either on the summit of a mountain, or in a tract of land surrounded by hills. (See the Manubhāṣya verse 7.70)

Source: Google Books: Manusmṛti with the Manubhāṣya
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Purana

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Giridurga (गिरिदुर्ग).—The best of six hill fortresses.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 217. 7.
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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Arthashastra (politics and welfare)

Giridurga (गिरिदुर्ग) refers to forts build on the tops of slopes of hills, and represents one of the four kinds of forts (durga) specified in the Nītīsara. All these forts to which ever category belong must have special attālakas (rooms) over the gopuras (getes) fitted with sundry wooden contrivances (machines) guarded by warriors adepts in military exercises and the use of sundry missiles and weapons of warfare and well stocked with money and grain.

Source: Shodhganga: Kakati Ganapatideva and his times (artha)
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Arthashastra (अर्थशास्त्र, arthaśāstra) literature concerns itself with the teachings (shastra) of economic prosperity (artha) statecraft, politics and military tactics. The term arthashastra refers to both the name of these scientific teachings, as well as the name of a Sanskrit work included in such literature. This book was written (3rd century BCE) by by Kautilya, who flourished in the 4th century BCE.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Giridurga (गिरिदुर्ग).—a hill-fort, any stronghold among mountains; नृदुर्गं गिरिदुर्गं वा समाश्रित्य वसेत्पुरम् (nṛdurgaṃ giridurgaṃ vā samāśritya vasetpuram) Ms.7.7,71.

Derivable forms: giridurgam (गिरिदुर्गम्).

Giridurga is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms giri and durga (दुर्ग).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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