Sovira, Sovīra: 2 definitions



Sovira means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A country mentioned in the Mahagovinda Sutta (D.ii.235), and again in the Aditta Jataka (J.iii.470; cf. Mil.359, where it is mentioned as a place to be visited by sea).

In the time of King Renu, Bharata was king of Sovira, and Roruka was its capital.

Cunningham identifies Sovira with Eder, a district in the province of Gujerat, at the head of the gulf of Cambay. (Anct. Geog. of India, p.569f.; he identifies Sauvira with Sophir or Ophir; cf. Hopkins, Great Epic, 373, 474.).

The compound Sindhu Sovira (E.g., VvA.332) suggests that Sovira was situated between the Indus and the Jhelum.

context information

Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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India history and geography

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism

Sovīra (सोवीर) is the name of a locality situated in Aparāntaka (western district) of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—In the Āditta Jātaka mention is made of the kingdom of Sovīra of which the capital was Roruka. Sovīra, has been identified by Cunningham with Eder, a district in the provinces of Gujerat at the head of the Gulf of Cambay. The name Sindhu-Sauvīra suggests that Sovīra was situated between the Indus and the Jhelum.

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context information

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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