Shankhapura, Shankha-pura, Śaṅkhapura: 5 definitions
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The Sanskrit term Śaṅkhapura can be transliterated into English as Sankhapura or Shankhapura, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Kavya (poetry)Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
Śaṅkhapura (शङ्खपुर) is the name of an ancient city, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 104. Accordingly, as one Brāhman said to another: “... I left my home [the Niṣadha country], my friend, out of a curiosity which impelled me to see other countries, and wandering about, visiting teachers, I reached in course of time the city of Śaṅkhapura not far from here, where there is a great purifying lake of clear water, sacred to Śaṅkhapāla, King of the Nāgas, and called Śaṅkhahrada”.
The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Śaṅkhapura, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.
Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.
General definition (in Jainism)Source: archive.org: Sum Jaina Canonical Sutras (vividhatirthakalpa)
Śaṅkhapura (शङ्खपुर).—Kṛṣṇa and Valarāma (Balarāma) were born of the line of Yadu. Keśava got a kingdom in Yovana. Kṛṣṇa installed an image of Pārśva on a sanctified spot in the town of Śaṅkhapura. The festival of ablution at Dvārāvatī dates from that.Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra
Śaṅkhapura (शङ्खपुर) is the name of an ancient city situated in the province Puṣkalāvatī, according to chapter 3.3 [sumatinātha-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.
Accordingly:—“In this very Jambūdvīpa there is the province Puṣkalāvatī shining with much wealth, distinguishing East Videha. In it there is a very fair city, Śaṅkhapura by name, whose sky has uneven outlines of banners of various shrines, palaces, etc. Its king was named Vijayasena, a conqueror, possessing (such) strength of arm that his army was merely for splendor. He had a wife, Sudarśanā by name, the ornament of all the women of the harem, beautiful as a digit of the moon. Dallying with her, like Kusumāyudha with Rati, Vijayasena, whose power was celebrated, passed the time”.
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.
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Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Śaṅkhapura (शङ्खपुर):—[=śaṅkha-pura] [from śaṅkha] n. Name of a town, [Kathāsaritsāgara]
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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.
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Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
Part 1: Incarnation as Puruṣasiṃha (introduction) < [Chapter III - Sumatināthacaritra]
Part 11: Origin of Dhūmaketu’s enmity < [Chapter VI - Marriage of Kṛṣṇa with Rukmiṇī and others]
Part 12: Incarnation as Tripṛṣṭha < [Chapter I - Previous births of Mahāvīra]
Malatimadhava (study) (by Jintu Moni Dutta)
Kathasaritsagara (the Ocean of Story) (by Somadeva)