Harshapura, Harṣapura, Harsha-pura: 3 definitions



Harshapura means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

The Sanskrit term Harṣapura can be transliterated into English as Harsapura or Harshapura, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Harshapura in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Harṣapura (हर्षपुर) is the name of an ancient city, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 54. Accordingly, “in old times there was a splendid city, belonging to the King Harṣavarman, called Harṣapura, the citizens of which were made happy by good government”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Harṣapura, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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India history and geography

Source: Jainworld: Jain History (h)

Harṣapura (हर्षपुर) is the historical name of Harasaur, situated between Pushkar and Degānā in the District of Nagaur.—It’s [Harasaur] early name seems to be Harṣapura. Jainism prospered here under the Cauhāna rulers. Siddhasenasūri mentions this town in his Sakaltīrtha Stotra. Harṣapura-gaccha a branch of Śrī Pārśvanātha Kula, originated probably from this place.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Harshapura in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Harṣapura (हर्षपुर):—[=harṣa-pura] [from harṣa] n. Name of a town, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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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 (even English!). 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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