Shivakshetra, Śivakṣetra, Shiva-kshetra: 5 definitions



Shivakshetra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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 Śivakṣetra can be transliterated into English as Sivaksetra or Shivakshetra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Shivakshetra in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Śivakṣetra (शिवक्षेत्र) is the name of a hermitage (āśrama), as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 108. Accordingly, as Gomukha related to emperor Naravāhanadatta: “... then I went with that man [Nāgasvāmin], who by his knowing my name had proved the greatness of his knowledge, to his hermitage, which was called Śivakṣetra. There he entertained me...”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Śivakṣetra, 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.

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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’.

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India history and geogprahy

Source: Chaitanya’s life and teachings (history)

Shiva-kshetra is one of the places visited by Chaitanya during his pilgrimage in Southern India between April 1510 and January 1512.—Shiva-kshetra.—There is a Shiva-ganga tank at Tanjore. The great Brihatishwar temple of this town seems to be meant in our text. (Tanjore Gaz. 269-271).

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shivakshetra in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śivakṣetra (शिवक्षेत्र).—[neuter] a field or place consecrated to Śiva, [Name] of a cert. district.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Śivakṣetra (शिवक्षेत्र):—[=śiva-kṣetra] [from śiva] n. a district sacred to Ś°, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of a [particular] district, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Śivakṣetra (शिवक्षेत्र):—n. ein Śiva geheiligtes Gebiet [Bhāgavatapurāṇa 10, 79, 19.] Nomen proprium eines best. Gebietes [Kathāsaritsāgara 108, 19.]

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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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