Shivapura, aka: Śivapura, Shiva-pura; 5 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Śivapura can be transliterated into English as Sivapura or Shivapura, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1a) Śivapura (शिवपुर).—The capital of Śibi;1 the city sacred to Śiva.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 74. 21.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 13. 56; 101. 22; 278. 24.

1b) Or śiva—the city of Śiva situated in front of Brahmaloka: residence of siddhas, described.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 2. 234, 258.

1c) Between Brahmaloka and down the Aṇḍa, the place for men who do not want rebirth; a lac of yojanas in circumference; parapet walls of gold and with lustre; four golden gates adorned with pearls and other precious gems; ever-ringing bells and with pure ācāras; no death or disease; sacred to Śiva; sand and dust are precious stones; divine lotuses half red, half white, half black, in shape like an umbrella; with seven rivers containing padma, utpalam, and pure waters; in the midst 1000 pillared palace adorned with sphaṭika, silver, indranīla, and toraṇas; everyday festivities at; Trayambaka's house where live Lakṣmī, Sarasvatī, and others with all jewels bringing joy to the Lord with a troop of charming servant maids and Nandi and other gaṇas.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 47. 45; 101. 231-292; 111. 48.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Śivapura (शिवपुर), the celestial city of Śiva, reached by devotees through karmayoga, consisting in the practice of the various śivadharmas. Just as the earth is the common place of all men, so is śivapura the common home of all śivabhaktas; but just as on one and the same earth fruitions are different and graded, so are enjoyments in śivapura meted out in conformity with merit.

The city of Śiva is further said to rank above a host of celestial worlds, presidedover by Piśacas, Rakṣas, Yakṣas, Gandharvas, Indra, Prajapati, Soma, Brahmā and Viṣṇu, where Śiva himself bestows enjoyments to inferior kinds of devotees. On the other hand, the city of Śiva is not supreme, being in turn excelled by three further spheres, presided over by the trinity: Skanda, Umā and again Śiva.

Source: Śivadharmottara Purāṇa: a Survey
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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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Katha (narrative stories)

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Śivapura (शिवपुर) is the name of an ancient city situated in Nepāla, as mentioned in the fifteenth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 89. Accordingly, “... there was in the kingdom of Nepāla a city named Śivapura, and in it there lived of old time a king rightly named Yaśaḥketu. He devolved upon his minister, named Prajñāsāgara, the burden of his kingdom, and enjoyed himself in the society of his queen, Candraprabhā”.

The story of Śivapura is mentioned in the Vetālapañcaviṃśati (twenty-five tales of a vetāla) which is embedded in the twelfth book of the Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’). The main book is a famous Sanskrit epic detailing the exploits of prince Naravāhanadatta in his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The Kathā-sarit-sāgara is is explained to be an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā which consisted of 100,000 verses and in turn forms part of an even larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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India history and geogprahy

Śivapura or Śivapuraviṣaya is the name of a locality, as mentioned in to the “Argā Plates of Kāpālivarman” (6th century A.D.). Śivapura-viṣaya was a division round about Śivapuraka.

These plates (mentioning Śivapura) were under worship in a temple at Argā, situated 4 miles to the south of Karwar. It registers a gift of land in the village of Śivapuraka donated to a Brāhmaṇa named Bhavārya of the Kauṇḍinya-gotra.

Source: What is India: Epigraphia Indica volume XXXI (1955-56)
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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-English dictionary

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Śivapura (शिवपुर).—Name of Vārāṇasī.

Derivable forms: śivapuram (शिवपुरम्).

Śivapura is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śiva and pura (पुर). See also (synonyms): śivapurī.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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