Himavantapadesa, Himavantapa-desa: 1 definition



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Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism

Himavantapadesa (हिमवन्तपदेस) is the name of an ancient locality situated in Majjhimadesa (Middle Country) of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—Majjhima propagated the Buddhist faith in the Himavantapadesa. It has been identified by some with Tibet but Fergusson identifies it with Nepal. What is Himavantapadesa in the Mahāvaṁsa is, however, stated to be Cīnaraṭṭha mentioned in the Sāsanavaṃsa. Prof. Rhys Davids identifies Himavantapadesa with the Central Himalayas. It is 3,000 yojanas in extent.

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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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