Pushkalavati, Puṣkalāvatī, Pushkala-vati: 8 definitions
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The Sanskrit term Puṣkalāvatī can be transliterated into English as Puskalavati or Pushkalavati, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Puṣkalāvatī (पुष्कलावती) or Puṣkurāvatī refers to the ancient capital of Gāndhāra.—(cf. Rāmāyaṇa, Kiṣkindakāṇḍa, XLIII.23)
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.
General definition (in Jainism)
Puṣkalāvatī (पुष्कलावती) is the name of a northern province situated in East-Videha in Jambūdvīpa which is situated in the “middle world” (madhyaloka), according to chapter 2.2 [ajitanātha-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.
Accordingly:—“[...] Between them (i.e., the Vidyutprabha and Saumanasa Mountains) are the bhogabhumis, the Devakurus. [...] Between them (i.e., the Gandhamādana and Mālyavat Mountains) are the very charming Uttarakurus [...] East of the Devakurus and Uttarakurus, they are called East Videhas, and to the west, West Videhas, like different countries to each other. In each, there are 16 provinces, inaccessible to each other, separated by rivers and mountains, suitable to be conquered by a Cakrin. [viz., Puṣkalāvatī, etc.] are the northern provinces of East Videha. [...]”.
Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.
India history and geography
Puṣkalāvatī (पुष्कलावती) was the capital of the Gandhara kingdom. Its ruins are located on the outskirts of the modern city of Charsadda, in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Its ruins are located on the banks of Swat River, near its junction with Kabul River. Pushkalavati was the capital of the ancient Gandhara kingdom before the 6th century BCE, when it became an Achaemenid regional capital, and it remained an important city until the 2nd century CE.Source: Shodhganga: New look on the kushan bengali
Pushkalavati was the traditional metropolis of Gandhara and the earliest Kushan cities in Pakistan. Ancient Pushkalavati has been identified with modem Charsada. This site is located on the east bank of the river Swat, nearly 4 miles to the north-west of its confluence with the Kabul river.
The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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
Puṣkalāvatī (पुष्कलावती).—= puṣkarāvatī.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Puṣkalāvatī (पुष्कलावती):—[from puṣkalā-vata > puṣkala > puṣ] f. Name of a city (= puṣkarā-vatī).Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)
Puṣkalāvatī (पुष्कलावती) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Pukkhalāvaī.
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). 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.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Partial matches: Pushkala, Vati.
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