Kusthalapura, Kusthala-pura: 5 definitions



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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Google Books: The Gupta Empire

Kusthalapura (कुस्थलपुर).—The last kingdom mentioned in the list of Samudra Gupta’s conquest in the South is Kusthalapura under its king Dhanañjaya. This place may be located in the tract round about the river Kuśasthalī, in which case it must have been conquerred by Samudragupta on his returnmarch. The place has also been identified with Kuttalur near Pollur in North Arcot district.

India history and geogprahy

Source: Wisdom Library: India History

Kusthalapura (कुस्थलपुर) refers to one of the kingdoms of the south (see Dakṣiṇāpatha) mentioned in Gupta inscription No. 1. 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. According to this inscription, all the kings of the region of the north were who attained great fame by liberating them. One of the regions mentioned as situated in the south is Kusthalapura.

Source: archive.org: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions

Kusthalapura (कुस्थलपुर) is a place name ending in pura mentioned in the Gupta inscriptions. 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. Kusthalapura ruled by Dhanañjaya is mentioned as one of the Dakṣiṇāpatha kingdoms subdued by Samudragupta.

Smith takes Kusthalapura to be a mistake for Kuśasthalapura and identifies it with the holy city of Dwarka, the capital of Ānartta, i.e. North Gujarat. Raj Bali Pandey also identifies it with Kuśasthalī (Dwarka). G. Ramdas locates the place in Gujarat following Smith. Monier Williams also indentifies Kuśasthala with the town of Dwarka.  Bhandarkar, following Barnett identifies the place with Kuttalur near Polur in North Arcot.

By the process of Haplology, Kuśasthalapura is simplified into Kusthalapura which may be changed to Kuśasthalī or Kuśāvatī in short.

Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Early Gupta Kings

Kusthalapura (कुस्थलपुर) is taken by Smith as a mistake for Kuśasthalapura, a name of the holy city of Dvārkā. This does not, however, seem likely, as it is situated, not on the east, but on the west coast. Barnett opines that it is probably Kuttalur, near Polur, in North Arcot District, Tamil Nadu. Aiyangar, on the other hand, draws our attention to the existence of a river Kuśasthali, south of the Krishna, mentioned in the Kaliṅgattupparaṇi poem

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kusthalapura (कुस्थलपुर):—[=ku-sthala-pura] [from ku] n. Name of a town, [Inscriptions]

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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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