Pundradesha, Puṇḍradeśa, Pundra-desha: 1 definition


Pundradesha 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.

The Sanskrit term Puṇḍradeśa can be transliterated into English as Pundradesa or Pundradesha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

India history and geography

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

Puṇḍradeśa (पुण्ड्रदेश) or simply Puṇḍra is the name of a country 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.

Accordingto Wilson, the ancient kingdom of Puṇḍradeśa included the districts of Rajshahi, Dinajpur, Rangpur, Malda, Bogra and Tirhut. It seems to have been the biggest administrative division or province of the Gupta empire, divided into several viṣayas and maṇḍalas of which twenty-four are mentioned in known epigraphs. In short Puṇḍravardhana signified North Bengal.

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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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