Hiranyapura, aka: Hiraṇyapura, Hiranya-pura; 6 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Hiraṇyapura (हिरण्यपुर).—A city of Rasātala, the residence of Nīvātakavacas;1 residence of fourteen sons of Mārīca (Dānavas);2 the residence of the Paulomas and the Kālakeyas;3 residence of the sons and grandsons, etc. of the two daughters of Vaiśvanara.4

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 24. 30; X. 89. 34 [5].
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 6. 27; 44. 99.
  • 3) Matsya-purāṇa 6. 24.
  • 4) Vāyu-purāṇa 68. 26.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Hiraṇyapura (हिरण्यपुर) refers to the name of a City mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. III.170.11). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Hiraṇya-pura) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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)

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Hiraṇyapura (हिरण्यपुर) is the name of an ancient city situated in Kaśmīra, in the Himālayas, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 65. Accordingly, “...  there is in the lap of the Himālayas a country called Kaśmīra, which is the very crest-jewel of the earth, the home of sciences and virtue. In it there was a town named Hiraṇyapura, and there reigned in it a king named Kanakākṣa”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Hiraṇyapura, 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.

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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India history and geogprahy

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Hiraṇyapura (हिरण्यपुर) is the name of a city mentioned as the home of the Kālakhañjas, according to the Śivapurāṇa verse 5.32.32.—This city of the Paulomas and Kālakhañjas (or Kālakeyas) as mentioned in the Mahābhārata (Vana P. CLXXIII.13) and the Kathāsaritsāgara (XLV. 135) stood on the sea-route leading to Pātāla. Its exact locus remains still unidentified.

Source: archive.org: Siva Purana (history)

Hiraṇyapura (हिरण्यपुर) is a place name ending in pura mentioned in the Gupta inscriptions. Hiraṇyapura is also known as Hindoun or Herdoun in the way that pura is changed to own.

Source: archive.org: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions

Hiraṇyapura (हिरण्यपुर) refers to Hiraṇyapura-bhoga, where bhoga refers to a division of a rājya (administrative division).—Hiraṇyapura reminds one of Kāñchanakāpurī of the Purāṇas. It has been identified with Songāon near Chāndūr, or with Hirpur near Sāgar.

Source: Early History Of The Deccan Pts.1 To 6: Principal Administrative Divisions from the Rise of the Sātavāhanas
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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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