Pishtapura, aka: Piṣṭapura, Pishta-pura, Piṣṭapūra; 6 Definition(s)

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The Sanskrit terms Piṣṭapura and Piṣṭapūra can be transliterated into English as Pistapura or Pishtapura, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

India history and geogprahy

Piṣṭapura (पिष्टपुर) 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 Piṣṭapura.

Source: Wisdom Library: India History

Piṣṭapura (पिष्टपुर).—Ragolu Plales of Śaktivarman and Tekkali grant of Umavarman both were issued from Piṣṭapura, the royal seat of the Māṭhara dynasty. The city of Piṣṭapura finds further mention in Srungavarapukota Plates of Anantavarman, the ruler of Devarāṣṭra and in Tandivada grant of Pṛthīvī Mahārāja. Further in two inscriptions of Pulakeśin, the Cālukya Emperor, the name occurs in one way or other. Aihole inscription of Pulakeśin descrines Piṣṭapura as a fortress. It is clear that Piṣṭapura, which is identical with Pithapuram, the chief town of a taluq in the East Godavari cows and a village in donation. Poksara is certainly the Puṣkara tīrtha, a celebrated place of pilgrimmage of the Hindus. It is now called Pokhara and is seven miles north of Ajmer in Rajasthan. There are five principal temples at this place, dedicated to Brahmā, Sāvitrī, Badarīnārāyaṇa, Varāha and Śiva. The town is pictures-quely situated on the lake with hills on three sides. Theh Bṛhat-saṃhitā mentions it. Pokhara occurs In five Sanchi stūpa inscriptions also.

Source: archive.org: Geography in Ancient Indian inscriptions

Piṣṭapura (पिष्टपुर) 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. Piṣṭapura has been mentioned as one of the southern regions which were first captured and then liberated by Samudragupta. Piṣṭapura is modern Pithapuram in the Godavari district of the Madras Presidency. It was the capital of Kaliṅga.

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

Piṣṭapura (पिष्टपुर).—Name of a country conquered by Samudragupta.—Piṣṭapura is the same as the fortress of that name captured by the Chalukya king Pulakeśin II, and is the modern Piṭhāpuram (Piṭhāpura) in the East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. Fleet admits that it is natural to divide the text in such a manner as to give us the names Mahendragiri of Piṣṭapura and Svāmidatta of Koṭṭūra. But giri or gīr, he says, is a denominational suffix attached to the names of Gosāvīs and cannot be accepted as a suitable termination for a king’s name.

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

Piṣṭapura is the name of an ancient city corresponding to the modern Pithapuram, as mentioned in the “Pedda-Dugam plates of Śatrudamana” (5th century A. D.). The history of Kaliṅga about the fifth century was marked by the rivalry between the kings of Piṣṭapura (modern Pithapuram in the East Godavari District) in South Kaliṅga and those of Central Kaliṅga, especially the rulers of Siṃhapura. The Māṭharas, who originally ruled from Piṣṭapura, appear to have ousted the Pitṛbhaktas from Central Kaliṅga.

The Ragolu plates, issued by the Māṭhara king Śaktivarman from Piṣṭapura, record a grant of land in the neighbourhood of Siṃhapura. The Vāsiṣṭhas of Devarāṣṭra in Central Kaliṅga, i.e. the modern Yellamanchili area of the Visakhapatnam District, appear to have extended their power over the Piṣṭapura region and extirpated the Māṭharas sometime about the beginning of the sixth century A.D.

These plates (mentioning Bappaśarman) were discovered in the course of digging the earth for the foundation of a house at the village of Pedda-Dugam in the Narasannapet Taluk of the Srikakulam District, Andhra State. It was issued to the villagers headed by Brāhmaṇas and others, residing at the three localities called Duhāgrāma, Vasuvāṭaka and Govāṭaka.

Source: What is India: Epigraphia Indica volume XXXI (1955-56)
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Piṣṭapūra (पिष्टपूर).—see घृतपूर (ghṛtapūra).

Piṣṭapūra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms piṣṭa and pūra (पूर).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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