Shriparvata, aka: Śriparvata, Shri-parvata; 5 Definition(s)

Introduction

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The Sanskrit term Śriparvata can be transliterated into English as Sriparvata or Shriparvata, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purāṇa

Śrīparvata (श्रीपर्वत).—Name of a minor mountain (kṣudraparvata) situated in Bhārata, a region south of mount Meru, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 85. In the settlements (janapada) along these mountains dwell Āryas and Mlecchas who drink water from the rivers flowing there. Meru is one of the seven mountains located in Jambūdvīpa, which is ruled over by Āgnīdhra, a grandson of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

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

Śriparvata (श्रिपर्वत).—Mt. a hill in India, fit for Śrāddha offerings;1 sacred to Śiva.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 23; III. 13. 28, 31; Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 92; 77. 28.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 181. 28.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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.

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Kāvya (poetry)

Śrīparvata (श्रीपर्वत) is the name a locality mentioned in Rājaśekhara’s 10th-century Kāvyamīmāṃsā.—Śrīparvata is a sacred spot, where have two temples, one is dedicated to Mallikārjuna Mahādeva and other to Bhramaramba Devi. Rājaśekhara identified this mountain in south India. Srisaila, which is situated near Kurnool and at a distance of fifty miles from the Kṛṣṇā station of the G.I.P Railways appears to be the same as Śrīparvata.

(Source): Shodhganga: The Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara
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Kāvya (काव्य) 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 mahākāvya, or ‘epic poetry’ and nāṭya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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In Buddhism

Vajrayāna (Tibetan Buddhism)

Śrīparvata (श्रीपर्वत) is the name of a mountain associated with Kilakilārava: the north-western cremation ground (śmaśāna) according to the Vajravārāhī-sādhana by Umāpatideva as found in te Guhyasamayasādhanamālā. As a part of this sādhana, the practicioner is to visualize a suitable dwelling place for the goddess inside the circle of protection which takes the form of eight cremation grounds.

The Guhyasamayasādhanamālā by Umāptideva is a 12th century ritualistic manual including forty-six Buddhist tantric sādhanas. The term sādhana refers to “rites” for the contemplation of a divinity.

(Source): Wisdomlib Libary: Vajrayogini
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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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India history and geogprahy

1) Śrīparvata (श्रीपर्वत) is mentioned in an inscription found on the site of Nagarjunakonda. The Buddhist must have called this sacred spot parvata in immitation of the Hindu-parvata which is about but fifty miles from here as the crow flies. Fa-hien noted it as Paravata and subsequently he translated Paravata into Chinese Poloyu. He mentions that country all around is uncultivated and uninhabited. The country, all around, is even now barren. Thousands of monks and nuns must have lived here at one time.

2) Śrīparvata (श्रीपर्वत) refers to a minor hill (kṣudra-parvata) associated with the Mahendra ranges.—Śrīparvata is frequently mentioned in the inscriptions. Five inscriptions of the early rulers of the Ikṣvāku dynasty (225-360A.D.) refer to this mountain under the name Siripavata. One of these inscriptions describes the building of a Caitya-hall at Siripavata on the east side of Vijayapurī at the convent. Tal-gunda inscription of Kākusthavarman also mentions the Śrīparvata mountain. Some of the rulers of the Viṣṇukuṇḍin dynasty are described in their inscriptions as worshippers of lord of Śrīparvata.

Śrīparvata is usually identified by scholars with Siritana of the Nasik Praśasti. According to J. Burgess, Śrīparvata is identical with Śrīśailam in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, on the south of the Krishna river, at the north-western extremity of Kurnool territory, about 102 miles West-south-west of Dharanikot and eighly-two miles East-north-east of Kumool and fifty miles from the Krishna Railway station.

(Source): archive.org: Geography in Ancient Indian inscriptions
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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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