Kampilya, aka: Kāmpilya, Kāmpilyā; 9 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Kāmpilya (काम्पिल्य) is the name of an ancient city according to the “story of the golden city”, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 25. Accordingly, the hermit Sūryatapas in a forest of the Vindhya mountain range gave Śaktideva instructions after listening to his story: “three yojanas from here there is a country named Kāmpilya, and in it is a mountain named Uttara, and on it there is a hermitage. There dwells my noble elder brother named Dīrghatapas; go to him, he being old may perhaps know of that city”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Kāmpilya, 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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Kāmpilya (काम्पिल्य) or Kāmpilyanagara is the name of an ancient city, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.17:—“[...] in the city of Kāmpilya there was a sacrificer named Yajñadatta. Born of Somayāji family he was an adept in the performance of sacrifice”.

Source: archive.org: Siva Purana - English Translation

Kāmpilya (काम्पिल्य).—An ancient town in South Pāñcāla. It was the capital city of King Drupada. Śikhaṇḍī had come to this city after his marriage. Once the King Daśārṇa came near this place and sent a Brāhmaṇa messenger to Kāmpilya. In olden days, a King named Brahmadatta used to rule over this city. (Mahābhārata Udyoga Parva). See under the word 'Brahmadatta'.

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Kāmpilya (काम्पिल्य).—A son of Bhramyāśva.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 21. 32.

1b) A fifth son of Bheda.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 196.

1c) A son of Haryaśva.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 19. 59.

2) Kāmpilyā (काम्पिल्या).—The capital of Samara;1 the kingdom of.2

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 176.
  • 2) Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 19. 40.
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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Kampilya (कम्पिल्‍य): Capital of the Panchala Kingdom ruled by Drupada.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Kāmpilya (काम्पिल्य) (corresponding to modern Kāmpil in Furrukhabad) is the birth-place of Vimalanātha: the thirteenth of twenty-four Tīrthaṃkaras or Jinas, commonly depicted in Jaina iconography.—His father’s name is Kṛtavarman and mother’s name is Suramyā. His birth occurred in Kāmpilya (Kāmpil in Furrukhabad), the Southern capital of the Pāñcāla.

Source: archive.org: The Jaina Iconography
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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India history and geogprahy

Kāmpilya (काम्पिल्य).—The country known to Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā (xxiii, 18) and Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa (xiii. 2.8.3) can be identified with the city of Kāmpīla in the Furrukhabad district, Uttara Pradeśa. It was the Southern Capital of Pāñcāladeśa in ancient India. Dr. Awasthi (Studies in Skanda Purana P. 85) however, places it in the Ānarta Deśa, a region of the Western India.

Source: archive.org: Siva Purana (history)

Kāmpilya (काम्पिल्य) (modern Kampil) is the alleged ancient capitals of Dakṣiṇapañcāla (Northern Pancala), one of the two districts of Kuru: one of the sixteen Mahājanapadas of the 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).—According to the Mahābhārata, Northern Pañcāla had its capital at Ahicchatra or Chatravatī (identical with modern Ramnagar in the Bareillay district) while southern (Dakṣiṇa) Pañcāla had its capital at Kāmpilya, identical with modern Kampil in the Farokhabad district, U.P.

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Kāmpilya (काम्पिल्य).—m.

(-lyaḥ) 1. A perfume, commonly Sunda Rochani. 2. A country: see the preceding; also kāmpilla, &c.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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