Simhapura, Siṃhapura, Simha-pura: 10 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Siṃhapura (सिंहपुर).—A city in Bhārata, famous in the Purāṇas. This city was situated in the mountainous region of North India. During the period of Mahābhārata, Citrāyudha was the king who ruled over this city. (Mahābhārata, Sabhā Parva, Chapter 27, Verse 20). Arjuna during his regional conquest of the North, defeated this king.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Siṃhapura (सिंहपुर) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.24.19) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Siṃha-pura) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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India history and geogprahy

Source: Wisdom Library: India History

Siṃhapura (सिंहपुर) is the name of an ancient city of the Kaliṅga country, according to the Mahāvastu, Senart’s Ed., p. 432. Siṃhapura is probably identical with Singupuram near Chicacole.

Source: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions

Siṃhapura (सिंहपुर) is a place name ending in pura mentioned in the Gupta inscriptions. Siṃhapura is also known as Siṅgur in the way that pura is changed to ur.

Source: The Chronological History of Ancient Sri Lanka

Simhabahu became the king of Lāta country and built a city named Simhapura. Most probably, Simhabahu built his capital Simhapura close to modern Girnar city of Gujarat. Girnar was known as Raivata or Urjayanta in ancient times. The lion (Simha) of Girnar became the symbol of the royal power of Simhabahu.

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

Siṃhapura is the name of an ancient city mentioned in the “Pedda-Dugam plates of Śatrudamana” (5th century A. D.). Siṃhapura has been identified with modern Singupuram near Srikakulam. It is well known that Siṃhapura is mentioned as the capital of the Kaliṅga country in the Ceylonese chronicles and that many Mahārājas enjoying the title Kaliṅga-ādhipati or sakala-Kaliṅg-ādhipati, who flourished about the fifth century A.D., issued their charters from the same place.

Kings Umavarman and Chaṇḍavarman of the Pitṛbhakta family had one of their capitals at Siṃhapura. The Mahārājas of the Siṃhapura region must have thrown off the Gupta yoke considerably before the end of the fifth century not long after Śatrudamana’s reign.

These plates (mentioning Siṃhapura) were discovered in the course of digging the earth for the foundation of a house at the village of Pedda-Dugam in the Narasannapet Taluk of the Srikakulam District, Andhra State. It was issued to the villagers headed by Brāhmaṇas and others, residing at the three localities called Duhāgrāma, Vasuvāṭaka and Govāṭaka.

Source: Jainworld: Jain History (h)

Siṃhapura (सिंहपुर) or Siṃhapuri is the place, where according to the Jaina tradition, the 11th Tīrthānkara Śreyāṃśa was born. There  is a controversy among scholars about the identification of this place. Some identify this place with Sārnāth. The evidence of Yuan Chwang seems to suggest that this place is identical with Siṃhapura, situated in the salt range (Punjab, Pakistan), which has been described by that pilgrim as connected with a 'founder' of the 'White-Cloth' sect.

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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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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Siṃhapura (सिंहपुर) or Siṃhapurī.—(1) °ra, name of a city, in the Kiṃnarī Jātaka: Mahāvastu ii.95.5; 98.1 ff.; (2) °ra, name of a city in the Kaliṅga country: Mahāvastu iii.432.14; (3) °rī, name of the capital city (rājadhānī) of Śākyamuni (3), q.v.: Mahāvastu iii.238.11.

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

Siṃhapura (सिंहपुर).—[neuter] [Name] of a town.

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

Siṃhapura (सिंहपुर):—[=siṃha-pura] [from siṃha] n. Name of a town (Singapur), [Mahābhārata; Buddhist literature etc.]

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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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