Kushasthali, Kuśasthalī: 4 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Kuśasthalī can be transliterated into English as Kusasthali or Kushasthali, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Kushasthali in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Kuśasthalī (कुशस्थली).—The ancient name of Dvārakāpurī; an island. It was emperor Revata, son of Ānarta, the grandson of Vaivasvata Manu, who first built a city in Kuśasthalī and ruled the country. Their genealogy; Descended from Viṣṇu thus: Brahmā—Marīci—Kaśyapa —Vivasvān—Vaivasvata Manu—Śaryāti (Śayyāti)-Ānarta—Revata. Certain Purāṇas state that it was Ānarta, who first built forts at Kuśasthalī. It would not be incorrect to say that Ānarta built forts in this city first founded by his son Revata. The city was sunk in the sea after a few years. Afterwards the region remained as a forest for long years. It was later on that Śrī Kṛṣṇa built Dvārakā there. Following Kṛṣṇa’s death the Yādava dynasty got annihilated and the region was again swallowed by the ocean. Dvārakā is believed to have been an island situated in the sea to the west of Gujarat. Even today there is a place called Dvārakā on the coast of India to the west of Gujarat. (Devī Bhāgavata, 7th Skandha and Bhāgavata, 10th Skandha).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Kuśasthalī (कुशस्थली).—See dvārakā1 —capital of Ānarta (Kośala, Vāyu-purāṇa.) kingdom. Comparable once to Amarāvatī, disappeared; and in its place came Dvārakā; finding Kakudmi, its king not returning from brahmaloka, Rākṣasas like Puṇyajanas entered it and his 99 brothers fled to different directions in fear, and established small kingdoms there.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 10. 27; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 61. 20, ff; Vāyu-purāṇa 88. 199.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 12. 22; 69. 9; Vāyu-purāṇa 86, 24. 88. 1-2.
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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: archive.org: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions

Kuśasthalī (कुशस्थली) refers to Dwarka and is identified with Kusthalapura (of Gupta inscription 1) according to Raj Bali. This Kuśasthalī is not situated in Gujarat but presumably onthe eastern spurs of the Vindhya range near Daksiṇakosala. It was the capital of Kuśa, son of Rāmacandra. But its position in the list of the States of Dakṣiṇāpatha indicates a place a little more to the south. By the process of Haplology, Kuśasthalapura is simplified into Kusthalapura which may be changed to Kuśasthalī or Kuśāvatī in short.

The suffix sthala or sthalī is significant: it suggests a high-lying country, an eminence, tableland, or dry-land as opposed to a damp low-land. The Mahābhārata, Harivaṃśa, early Jain and Pali literature use the word in this sense. The Mahābhārata mentions both Kuśasthala as well as Kuśa-sthalī.The latter is supposed to be another name of Dwarka.

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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 dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kushasthali in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kuśasthalī (कुशस्थली):—[=kuśa-sthalī] [from kuśa-sthala > kuśa] f. Name of the town Dvārakā, [Mahābhārata ii, 614; Harivaṃśa; Bhāgavata-purāṇa; Bālarāmāyaṇa]

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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 (even English!). 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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