Shalmalidvipa, aka: Shalmali-dvipa, Śālmalidvīpa; 3 Definition(s)
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The Sanskrit term Śālmalidvīpa can be transliterated into English as Salmalidvipa or Shalmalidvipa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Śālmalidvīpa (शाल्मलिद्वीप) is one of the seven islands (dvīpa), ruled over by Dyutimān, one of the ten sons of Priyavrata, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 74. Priyavrata was a son of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.
These are the seven major mountains in Śālmalidvīpa:
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
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.
Kathā (narrative stories)
Śālmalīdvīpa (शाल्मलीद्वीप).—One of the seven continents (dvīpa) of Bhūrloka (earth).—In the Śālmalīdvīpa, there is a big Śālmalī tree, worshipped by the people. The Śālmalidvīpa is encircled by an ocean (samudra) of wine.(Source): Shodhganga: A critical appreciation of soddhalas udayasundarikatha
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.
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)
Śālmalidvīpa (शाल्मलिद्वीप) refers to one of the seven continents (saptadvīpa) situated within the world of the earth (pṛthivī), according to Parākhyatantra 5.61. It is also known as plainly Śālmali or as Śālmadvīpa. These continents are located above the seven pātālas and may contain even more sub-continents within them, are round in shape, and are encircled within seven concentric oceans.
According to the Parākhya-tantra, “beyond that is the continent Śālmalī, where the silk-cotton tree grows in which tree the gods, together with the god of Love, resided when frightened by the demons. Beyond that is the ocean called Sugar-cane juice, where the creator put a great deal of juice from the sugar cane to give pleasure to sages”.
The Parākhyatantra is an old Śaiva-siddhānta tantra dating from before the 10th century.(Source): Wisdom Library: Śaivism
Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.
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