Ilavritavarsha, aka: Ilavrita-varsha, Ilāvṛtavarṣa, Ilavrita-Varsha; 5 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Ilāvṛtavarṣa can be transliterated into English as Ilavrtavarsa or Ilavritavarsha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

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Amidst these divisions, or varṣas, is the varṣa named Ilāvṛta, which is situated in the middle of the whorl of the lotus. Within Ilāvṛta-varṣa is Sumeru Mountain, which is made of gold. Sumeru Mountain is like the pericarp of the lotuslike Bhū-maṇḍala planetary system. The mountain's height is the same as the width of Jambūdvīpa — or, in other words, 100,000 yojanas [800,000 miles]. Of that, 16,000 yojanas [128,000 miles] are within the earth, and therefore the mountain's height above the earth is 84,000 yojanas [672,000 miles]. The mountain's width is 32,000 yojanas [256,000 miles] at its summit and 16,000 yojanas at its base.

Source: VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam
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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Ilāvṛtavarṣa (इलावृतवर्ष).—That part of the country in the centre of Jambūdvīpa. (Mahābhārata Sabhā Parva, Chapter 28).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Ilāvṛtavarṣa (इलावृतवर्ष).—The central continent of Jambūdvīpa. To its north are mountains Nīla, Śveta and Śṛngavān, (Supārśva, Viṣṇu-purāṇa) and to its south are Niṣadha, Hemakūṭa and Himalayas. To its east and west are Mālyavat and Gandhamādana. (Mandara, Viṣṇu-purāṇa). The abode of Śiva. He who enters this region would be turned into a woman by the curse of Pārvati. Here Śiva worships the Fourth form of Viṣṇu called Saṅkarṣṇa by praises.1 Ilāvṛta (s.v.) was its first king.2 Here there is no sun or moon; people eat wood apple fruits.3 After Ila who spent here the evening of his life; Bali performed yajñas here.4 Next to Harivarṣa;5 in shape like a bow and lotus coloured; people here eat of jaṃbū and live to 13,000 years.6 The middle varṣa of Jambudvīpam surrounding Meru in extent 9000 yojanas; appears like a ball of smokeless fire; on each of the two sides are three varṣas or continents;7 trees special to the region are kadamba, jambū, pippala, and vaṭa; lies between Bhadrāśva and Ketumāla; the forests are caitraratha, gandhamādana, vaibhrāja and nandana; there are besides four lakes.8

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 16. 7-10; 17. 15-24.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 14. 49; 15. 24, 33-37.
  • 3) Ib. II. 17. 9-14, 22.
  • 4) Matsya-purāṇa 113. 19 & 30; 114. 69; 135. 2.
  • 5) Vāyu-purāṇa 34. 29.
  • 6) Vāyu-purāṇa 46. 11-15.
  • 7) Vāyu-purāṇa 34. 22.
  • 8) Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 2. 15-26.
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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Kavya (poetry)

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Ilāvrtavarṣa (इलाव्र्तवर्ष) is the name a locality mentioned in Rājaśekhara’s 10th-century Kāvyamīmāṃsā.—Itāvrtavarṣa region surrounding by the Mahāmeru or the Mountain situated in the middle of the Jambudvīpa. The Meru is said to have three varṣas in the north side and three in the south side, with Bhāratavarṣa being the third to the south.

Source: Shodhganga: The Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Ilāvṛtavarṣa (इलावृतवर्ष).—The original name of this earth planet, before it became known as Bharata-varṣa.

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

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