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Godāvari, aka: Godāvarī, Godavari; 3 Definition(s)


Godāvari means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

The Sanskrit term Godāvari can be transliterated into English as Godavari, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kathā (narrative stories)

Godāvarī (गोदावरी).—One of the four rivers if India mentioned by Soḍḍhala.—The river Godāvarī has its source in the Brahmagiri, situated on the side of a village called Tryambaka about 20 miles away from Nāsik. The river flows eastward to the bay of Bengal. The City Pratiṣṭhāna of Kuntal country was situated on the bank of Godāvarī.

Source: Shodhganga: A critical appreciation of soddhalas udayasundarikatha

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Kathās (कथा) are special kind of Sanskrit literature: they are a kind of a mix between Itihāsa (historical legends) and Mahākāvya (epic poetry). Some Kathās reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of the historical deeds of the Gods, sages and heroes.


Godāvarī (गोदावरी).—Name of a river originating from Sahya, a holy mountains (kulaparvata) in Bhārata, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 85. There are settlements (janapada) where Āryas and Mlecchas dwell who drink water from these rivers.

Bhārata is a region south of Hemādri, once ruled over by Bharata (son of Ṛṣabha), whose ancestral lineage can be traced back to Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Godāvari (गोदावरि).—R. from the Sahya hill, the northern part of the Sahya where the Godāvari is a charming spot. Here was founded the town Govardhana, and was planted flower trees by Bharadvāja.1 R. sacred to Pitṛs, filled with Lingas; also Jāmadagnītīrtham; personified as a wife of Havyavāhana fire.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 19. 18; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa I. 12. 15; II. 16. 34-45; Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 104, 112. Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 3. 12.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 22. 46 and 57-8; 51. 13; 114. 29; 163. 61. Vāyu-purāṇa 29. 13.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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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.

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