Minihirivava, Miṇihirivava: 1 definition


Minihirivava means something in 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.

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Source: Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963

Miṇihirivava is the name of an ancient locality that existed in the Polonnaruva (Polonnaruwa) district of Ceylon (Sri Lanka).—[... also see Parakkamasamudda...] As Codrington and Hocart concluded, the Kāra-Gaṅgā is the Amban-Gaṅga and the Ākāsa-Gaṅgā the Aṅgamadilla channel. The Pūjāvaliya states that king Mahāsena “dammed the Kara-Gaṅga to supply water to Miṇihirivava”: the reference here is to the dam on the Amban-Gaṅga at Alahara. The Amban-Gaṅga was, therefore, known as the Kara-Gaṅga in ancient and medieval times. Some 10 miles further up the river the districts through which it flowed were called Ambavana and Sūra-ambavana in the 12th century, and even today a part of this region is known as Ambana: the older name, Kara-Gaṅga appears to have been replaced by Amban-Gaṅga in comparatively recent times. Its main tributary is now known as Kalu-Gaṅga which is an equivalent for Kara-Gaṅga.

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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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