Kushadvipa, aka: Kuśadvīpa, Kusha-dvipa; 3 Definition(s)

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The Sanskrit term Kuśadvīpa can be transliterated into English as Kusadvipa or Kushadvipa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purāṇa

Kuśadvīpa (कुशद्वीप) is one of the seven islands (dvīpa), according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 87. In chapter 74 this island was identified as Plakṣadvīpa, which is ruled over by Vapuṣmān, one of the ten sons of Priyavrata, grandson of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

These are the seven major mountains in Kuśadvīpa:

  1. Kumuda (or, Vidruma),
  2. Hemaparvata (or, Droṇa),
  3. Puṣpavān (or, Kaṅka),
  4. Kuśeśaya (or, Agnimān),
  5. ?
  6. Mahiṣa (or, Hari),
  7. Kakudhra (or, Mandara).

These are the seven major rivers found in Kuśadvīpa:

  1. Pratoyā (or, Praveśā),
  2. Śivā (or, Yaśodā),
  3. Citrā (or, Kṛṣṇā),
  4. Hrādinī (or, Candrā),
  5. Vidyullatā (or, Śuklā),
  6. Varṇā (or, Vibhāvarī),
  7. Mahatī (or, Dhṛti).

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

Kathā (narrative stories)

Kuśadvīpa (कुशद्वीप).—One of the seven continents (dvīpa) of Bhūrloka (earth).—The Kuśadvīpa possesses the cluster of Kuśas. The Kuśadvīpa is encircled by an ocean (samudra) of milk.

(Source): Shodhganga: A critical appreciation of soddhalas udayasundarikatha
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Kathās (कथा) are special kind of Sanskrit literature: they are a kind of a mix between Itihāsa (historical legends) and Mahākāvya (epic poetry). Some Kathās reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of the historical deeds of the Gods, sages and heroes.

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Kuśadvīpa (कुशद्वीप) refers to one of the seven continents (saptadvīpa) situated within the world of the earth (pṛthivī), according to Parākhyatantra 5.61. It is also known as plainly Kuśa. These continents are located above the seven pātālas and may contain even more sub-continents within them, are round in shape, and are encircled within seven concentric oceans.

According to the Parākhya-tantra, “beyond that is the continent Kuśa, where Brahmā grasped Kuśa grass and began the marriage of Śiva with oblations. Beyond that is the ocean of curds, where the creator, for the sake of satisfying the whole universe, in a sacrifice (kratu) gave this large quantity of curds”.

The Parākhyatantra is an old Śaiva-siddhānta tantra dating from before the 10th century.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Śaivism
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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