India; 2 Definition(s)

Introduction

India 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.

In Hinduism

Purana

[India in Purana glossaries]

India (इन्दिअ).—'South Śarakh', a newspaper published from the United Arab Republic with the assistance of the Indian Embassy gives the following account of how the land originally known as 'Bhārata' came to be called India. The name 'India' was given to "Bhārata" by the Arabs. Even from very early times, Arabs used to give the name 'Hind' to their girls. In ancient Arabic love poems, this name could be seen very frequently. There were commercial and cultural contacts between Bhārata and Arab lands, from very old times. The words 'Kharan Fūl' (spices) 'Pulfūl' (Pepper) etc. may be seen in Arabic poems of the pre-Islamic period. These contacts became more intimate in later years and the Arabs began to take very great interest in the products and the people of this country. They began to call 'Bhārata' by the pet name 'Hind' which they used for their little children. They began to use the term 'Al Hind' when referring to Bhārata in their poems, records and trade agreements In course of time this was shortened to 'Hind' and finally became 'INDIA'.

(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
Purana book cover
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of india in the context of Purana from relevant books on Exotic India

India history and geogprahy

[India in India history glossaries]

India.—The word ‘India’ is derived from the river Sindhu or the Indus. Sindhu is the name of a river mentioned in the Gupta inscription No. 20. The Gupta empire (r. 3rd-century CE), founded by Śrī Gupta, covered much of ancient India and embraced the Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

(Source): archive.org: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions
India history book cover
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of india in the context of India history from relevant books on Exotic India

Relevant definitions

Search found 3329 related definition(s) that might help you understand this better. Below you will find the 15 most relevant articles:

Padma
Padma (पद्म) and Śaṅkha are the two treasures (nidhis) which dharma bears. These are intended t...
Ganga
Gaṅgā (गङ्गा).—The famous and holy river of India. Origin and general information. Gaṅgā had it...
Sindhu
Sindhu (सिन्धु) is the name of a river mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa. (Supra, s.v. Gaṅgā)
Bharata
Bharata (भरत) is the younger brother of Rāma, both sons of Daśaratha, the king of Ayodhyā, acco...
Ashoka
Aśoka (अशोक) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.61.14) and represents one of the ma...
Magadha
Magadha refers to an ancient district or cultural territory, as mentioned in the 7th-century Mu...
Durga
Durgā (दुर्गा) is one of the epithets of Durgā, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 53. ...
Shaka
Śāka (शाक) or Śākavarga is another name for Mūlakādi: the seventh chapter of the 13th-century R...
Vijaya
1) Vijaya (विजय) is the name of a sacred mountain range in Kaśmīra, according to in the Kathāsa...
Gaya
Gaya (गय) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.48.15, II.82.71, XIII.116.65, XIII.11...
Kadamba
Kadambā (कदम्बा) is another name for Jīmūtaka, a medicinal plant identified with Luffa echinata...
Mahendra
Mahendra (महेन्द्र) participated in the war between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, on the side of the latter,...
Nandi
1) Nandī (नन्दी).—A Deva Gandharva. He was present at the birth celebration of Arjuna. (Mahābhā...
Malaya
Malaya refers to an ancient district or cultural territory, as mentioned in the 7th-century Mud...
Godavari
Godāvarī (गोदावरी) refers to the name of a River or Tīrtha (pilgrim’s destination) mentioned i...

Relevant text

Like what you read? Consider supporting this website: