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Sahya, 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


Sahya (सह्य).—One of the seven holy mountains (kulaparvata) situated in Bhārata, a region south of mount Meru, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 85. In the settlements (janapada) along these mountains dwell Āryas and Mlecchas who drink water from the rivers flowing there. Meru is one of the seven mountains located in Jambūdvīpa, which is ruled over by Āgnīdhra, a grandson of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Sahya (सह्य).—(also Sahyādri): a Kulaparvata; mountain in Bhārtavarṣa; from this the Kāverī rises. Sages of this place visited Dvārakā.1 A Kulaparvata where sages performed penance; recovered from the sea with cities and villages.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 19. 16; VII. 13. 12; X. 90. 28 [4]; Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 89. 104; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 3. 3.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 8; III. 56. 22 and 57; 57. 27; 58. 24; Matsya-purāṇa 114. 17, 29.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana IndexPurāṇa book cover
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

Nāṭyaśāstra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Sahya (सह्य) is the name of a mountain said to be located within the Dākṣiṇāpatha (Deccan) region. Countries within this region pertain to the Dākṣinātyā local usage (pravṛtti) according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 14. These pravṛttis provide information regarding costumes, languages, and manners in different countries of the world.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstraNāṭyaśāstra book cover
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Nāṭyaśāstra (नाट्यशास्त्र, natya-shastra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition of performing arts, (e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nāṭya) and poetic works (kāvya).

Kathā (narrative stories)

Sahya (सह्य).—One of the eight kulaparvatas (boundary-mountains) mentioned by Soḍḍhala.—Sahya is also one of the seven principal chains of mountain in India, It.is still known as Sahyādri and is the same as the northern portico of western ghāts as far as their junction with the Nīlagiri, north of Malaya. It is situated between the river Kāveri in the South and the Godāvarī in the North.

Source: Shodhganga: A critical appreciation of soddhalas udayasundarikathaKathā book cover
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Kathās (कथा) are special kind of Sanskrit literature: they are a kind of a mix between Itihāsa (historical legends) and Mahākāvya (epic poetry). Some Kathās reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of the historical deeds of the Gods, sages and heroes.

India history and geogprahy

Sahya (सह्य) is the name of one of the seven kulaparvata (clan mountain) of Bhāratavarṣa, associated with a distinct country or tribe.—As ascertained by Professor Hemachandra Raychaudhuri, Sahya is the mountain par excellence of the Aparāntas.

Sahya, which also finds mention in the Nasik eulogy, is represented by the Western Ghats, which form analmost continuous wall with an elevation of about four thousand feet for the greater part of its length. Kālidāsa describes this mountain as nitamba of the earth, and connects it with the Aparāntas.

Source: archive.org: Geography in Ancient Indian inscriptions
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The history and geography of India includes names of areas, cities, countries and other regions of India, as well as historical dynasties, rulers, tribes and various local traditions, languages and festivals. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom but primarely encourages the path of Dharma, incorporated into religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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