Stambhapura, Stambha-pura: 1 definition


Stambhapura means something in 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.

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Source: Jainworld: Jain History (h)

Stambhapura (स्तम्भपुर) or Stambhatīrtha.—The great Tīrtha Stambhapura, now known as Khambhat Cambay, is of the medieval period. The earliest reference to this place is found in the Kavi grant of Rāṣṭrakūṭa Govinda III, dated Śaka 749. According to the Vividhatīrthakalpa, this place came to be associated with Jainism from the days of Abhayadeva, the author of the nine Aṅgas. That Abhayadeva was the founder of this Tīrtha, sacred to Pārśvanātha, is also supported by the evidence of the Prabhāvakacarita and also the Prabadha Chintāmaṇi. A manuscript of the original Bhagavatī, which was copied at Stambhatīrtha between V.S. 1110 and 1119, is probably the earliest Jaina work to refer to this holy place. This shows that even in Abhayadeva’s life time, it was recognised as a Tīrtha. Hundreds of Jaina manuscripts were afterwards copied here and other temples were also built in this place.

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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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