Indratirtha, Indratīrtha, Indra-tirtha: 2 definitions


Indratirtha 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 and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Indratirtha in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Indratīrtha (इन्द्रतीर्थ).—A sacred place on the banks of the river Sarasvatī. It was here that Indra performed 100 yajñas. (Mahābhārata Śalya Parva, Chapter 48, Verse 49).

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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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India history and geography

Source: Heidelberg: Glory of the Tiruvanantapuram Padmanabhasvami Temple

Indratīrtha (इन्द्रतीर्थ) refers to one of the Tīrthas (“sacred water-bodies”) mentioned in the Anantaśayanakṣetramāhātmya, a text talking about the Thiruvananthapuram temple in eleven chapters, written before the 14th century and claiming to be part of the Brahmāṇḍapurāṇa.—A māhātmya usually describes the Tīrthas (sacred water-bodies) in the surroundings of the centres that figure in that māhātmya. In the eleventh chapter Anantaśayanakṣetramāhātmya, too, we find a list of Tīrthas around the Tiruvanantapuram Temple [e.g., Indratīrtha] describing its legends and glory.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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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