Shonitapura, Śoṇitapura, Shonita-pura: 10 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Śoṇitapura can be transliterated into English as Sonitapura or Shonitapura, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Shonitapura in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Śoṇitapura (शोणितपुर) or simply Śoṇita is the name of an ancient town, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.15 (“The penance and reign of Tārakāsura”).—Accordingly, after Tāraka requested boons from Brahmā: “O excellent sage, thus requested by that demon, I granted him two boons and hastened back to my abode. Securing the excellent boon in accordance with his cherished desire, the demon was very glad and went to the town Śoṇita [i.e., śoṇitapuraśoṇitākhyapuraṃ]. That great demon was crowned the king of the three worlds with the permission of Śukra, the preceptor of the demons. [...]”.

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Śoṇitapura (शोणितपुर).—The capital city of Bāṇāsura. This city was protected by Śiva, Kārttikeya, Bhadrakālī, Agni and other divinities. In the battle between Śrī Kṛṣṇa and Bāṇa, the former defeated all the sentries and entered the city through the northern gate. Within the fort, Bāṇa was defeated. Mahābhārata, Sabhā Parva, Dākṣinātya Pāṭha, Chapter 38 mentions that Śrī Kṛṣṇa released Aniruddha and Uṣā from their prison.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Śoṇitapura (शोणितपुर).—Built by Maya at the command of Bhaṇḍa; a city of Bāṇa; visit of Jarāsandha to: Aniruddha taken to; besieged by the Vṛṣṇis when Bāṇa had imprisoned Aniruddha, and Nārada reported it to them. Bāṇa's army beaten back into the city.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 12. 4; Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. [5. (v) 1], [21 & 65]; 62. 4 and 23; 63. 2-4; Viṣṇu-purāṇa V. 33. 11.
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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions (jainism)

Śoṇitapura (शोणितपुर) is a synonym of Koṭivarṣa according to both Hemacandra (Abhidānacintāmaṇi 390) and Puruṣottama (Trikāṇḍaśeṣa 32). Koṭivarṣa is a viṣaya mentioned in the Gupta inscriptions that seems to have comprised the southern part of the Dinajpur district.

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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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India history and geography

Source: Shiva Purana (history)

Śoṇitapura (शोणितपुर) was the capital of Bāṇāsura, the ruler of Tripura. Dey identifies it with the town of that name on the bank of the river Kedāra Gaṅgā. Avasthi identifies it with Bānagarh in the Dinajapura district of East Bengal. The above identifications are merely tentative, for Bāṇa is said to have ruled in Tripuri (Mod. Tewar) on the Narmadā river in Madhya Pradeśa, far away from the locus suggested by the scholars.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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»] — Shonitapura in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śoṇitapura (शोणितपुर).—Name of the city of the demon Bāṇa.

Derivable forms: śoṇitapuram (शोणितपुरम्).

Śoṇitapura is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śoṇita and pura (पुर).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śoṇitapura (शोणितपुर).—n.

(-raṃ) The city of Vanasura. E. śoṇita red, and pura city.

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

Śoṇitapura (शोणितपुर):—[=śoṇita-pura] [from śoṇita > śoṇ] n. Name of the city of the Asura Bāṇa, [Harivaṃśa; Purāṇa]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śoṇitapura (शोणितपुर):—[śoṇita-pura] (raṃ) 1. n. The city of Bānāsur.

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Shonitapura in German

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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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