Porus: 2 definitions

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Porus 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: academia.edu: Who was the Indian King Sandrokottus?

Porus, the later descendant of Paurava Chandra Vamsi king was ruling over northern Pakistan, Bactria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan etc. He was controlling the traditional silk route. In all probability, Porus fought a battle against Alexander on the bank of Hydaspes (Jhelum) and defeated him. There is a serious need to study once again the original Greek texts to understand the episode of Porus-Alexander conflict. Moreover, Megasthanes mentions that Porus was greater than Sandrokottus.

Source: academia.edu: A Textual and Intertextual Study of the Mudrārākṣasa (history)

Porus is identified with Parvataka by H. C. Seth (1941), and the Malaya people as the Malloi, a nation against whom Alexander had warred according to Greek and Latin histories and who lived on both banks of the river Hydraotes (Irāvatī, present-day Rāvī) in the land adjacent to the domain of Porus. He avers (ibid. 175) that the territory held by Porus in Alexander’s days falls precisely between the land of Kulūtas and Kāśmīras on the one hand and that of the Malloi on the other. Therefore, if Parvataka is Porus and the Malayas are the Malloi, the claim that the rulers of Kulūta, Kaśmīra and Malaya were seeking to seize land from Malayaketu (whose kingdom must have been identical to that of his father) becomes credible.

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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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