Nagapura, aka: Nāgapura, Naga-pura; 6 Definition(s)
Nagapura means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Nāgapura (नागपुर).—A place situated on the basin of the river Gomatī in Naimiṣāraṇya. It is mentioned in Mahābhārata, Śānti Parva, Chapter 355, Stanza 3, that in this place, a Nāga named Padmanābha lived.Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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.
Katha (narrative stories)
Nāgapura (नागपुर) is the name of an ancient city, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 121. Accordingly, as Indra cursed Kalāvatī: “... since, out of love, thou didst secretly bring here the man who has reduced the goat to this state to make him dance, depart and become an image on a pillar in the temple built by King Narasiṃha in the city of Nāgapura. [...] and he thus fixed an end to the curse: ‘When that temple [in Nāgapura], which it has taken many years to complete, shall perish and be levelled with the ground, then shall her [Kalāvatī’s] curse come to an end’”.
The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Nāgapura, 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
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.
India history and geogprahy
Nāgapura is the name of an ancient locality possibly corresponding to the modern Nāgaon, as mentioned in the “copper-plate charter from Khārepāṭaṇ in the Ratnāgiri District” (1095 A.D.).—The command contained in it is addressed to, amongst others, the people of the town of Hañjamana. And the object of it was to release certain tolls on carts coming into Sthānaka, Nāgapura (very possibly the modern Nāgaon, about six miles south-east of Alībāg), Surpāraka (Sopārā near Bassein), Cemūli (Chaul in the Kolāba District), and other sea-ports in the Koṅkaṇ fourteen-hundred. The record describes Anantadeva as “casting into the ocean of the edge” of his sword these fierce heaps of sin who, at a time of misfortune due to the hostility of relatives, obtained power and devastated the land of the Koṅkaṇ, harassing gods and Brāhmans.Source: archive.org: Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency
Nāgapura is the name of a village (port) mentioned in the “Kharepāṭaṇ plates of Anantadeva I”. Nāgapura may be modern Nāgāv, 6 miles south-east of Alibāg as suggested by Fleet, in the Kolābā District.
These copper plates (mentioning Nāgapura) were in the possession of Mr. Ramachandra Sivram Desai of Khārepāṭaṇ in Ratnāgiri District, Mahārāṣṭra. It is dated on the first tithi of the bright fortnight of Māgha in the Śaka year 1016, the cyclic year being Bhāva.Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Śilāhāras
Nāgapura (नागपुर) is another name for Nagaur: the chief town of the District of the same name, situated in Jodhpur Division.—Nagaur was known by various name such as Nāgapura, Nagapattana, Ahipura and Bhujaṅga-nagara. From the literary sources, it is known as a great centre of Jainism.Source: Jainworld: Jain History (h)
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.
Languages of India and abroad
2) Name of a city in Pātāla.
Derivable forms: nāgapuram (नागपुरम्).
Nāgapura is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nāga and pura (पुर).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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Manusmriti with the Commentary of Medhatithi (by Ganganatha Jha)
Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
Part 9: Dispute over meaning of aja < [Chapter II - Rāvaṇa’s expedition of Conquest]
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Kathasaritsagara (the Ocean of Story) (by Somadeva)
The Markandeya Purana (by Frederick Eden Pargiter)