Surashtra, Surāṣṭra, Su-rashtra: 16 definitions



Surashtra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi. 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.

The Sanskrit term Surāṣṭra can be transliterated into English as Surastra or Surashtra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Surashtra in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Surāṣṭra (सुराष्ट्र).—A western kingdom visited by Vidura from the Sarasvatī. Its king attacked the eastern side of Gomanta with Jarāsandha.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa II. 16. 62; Matsya-purāṇa 163. 72. Bhāgavata-purāṇa III. 1. 24; X 52. 11 [5].

1b) Of the south.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 131.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Surāṣṭra (सुराष्ट्र) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. III.86.16, VI.10.47, V.72.14, VIII.30.73) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Surāṣṭra) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Surāṣṭra (सुराष्ट्र) refers to an ancient country which should be shunned, according to the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—It looks upon Kurukṣetra, Matsya, Pāñcāla and Surasena as holy countries where Dharma is practiced. It advises people to shun Aṅga, Vaṅga, Kaliṅga, Surāṣṭra, Gurjara, Ābhira, Kauṅkaṇa, Draviḍa, Dakṣiṇāpatha, Āndhra and Magadha.—(cf. verses 17.54-59)  Thus it appears that this Purāṇa was written somewhere about the north-western part of northern India.

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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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Arthashastra (politics and welfare)

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

Surāṣṭra (सुराष्ट्र).—In Kauṭilya’s Arthaśāstra, Surāṣṭras are mentioned as one of the corporations of warriors who lived by agriculture and trade. According to the Arthaśāstra the elephants of Surāṣṭra were inferior to those belonging to Aṅga and Kaliṅga.

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Arthashastra (अर्थशास्त्र, arthaśāstra) literature concerns itself with the teachings (shastra) of economic prosperity (artha) statecraft, politics and military tactics. The term arthashastra refers to both the name of these scientific teachings, as well as the name of a Sanskrit work included in such literature. This book was written (3rd century BCE) by by Kautilya, who flourished in the 4th century BCE.

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Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Surashtra in Kavya glossary
Source: Shodhganga: The Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara

Surāṣṭra (सुराष्ट्र) is the name a locality mentioned in Rājaśekhara’s 10th-century Kāvyamīmāṃsā.—Kaṭhiāwāḍ and other portion of northern most Gujarat.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) 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 mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Surashtra in Jainism glossary
Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

1) Surāṣṭra (सुराष्ट्र) is the name of an ancient country, according to chapter 2.4 [ajitanātha-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.

Accordingly:—“'Then the King set out following the path of the cakra-jewel to the west, obscuring the sun by the dust of the army. [...]; reducing to submission the Surāṣṭras fierce like their country, [...] the King gradually arrived at the shore of the western ocean. After he had established camp, concentrating on Prabhāsa, observing a three days’ fast, he began pauṣadha in the pauṣadha-house. [...]”.

2) Surāṣṭra (सुराष्ट्र) is the name of an ancient king of Sāketapura, according to chapter 4.7 [sanatkumāra-cakrin-caritra].

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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: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions

Surāṣṭra (सुराष्ट्र) is place name ending in Rāṣṭra mentioned in the Gupta inscriptions. The Gupta empire (r. 3rd-century CE), founded by Śrī Gupta, covered much of ancient India and embraced the Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

Surāṣṭra is used in plural while in it is [also] an adjective of avani (land). Surāṣṭra corresponds with Southern Kathiawar with its Prakrit name Soraṭh. Literally the name means a good country. It was so named probably on account of the naturalfertility of the land, Sorath is well known for rich crops of all kinds, and splendid cattle. Surāṣṭra is mentioned in the Junāgaṛh Rock Inscription of Rudradāman I (A.D. 150). It was governed by Puṣyagupta, under Candragupta Maurya and by a Yavana Tuṣāspa under Aśoka.

The Purāṇas and the Kāvyamīmāṃsā mention Surāṣṭra as a country in the west while the Bṛhatsaṃhitā mentions it as a country in the South. It may be due to the different geographical units made by the authors of the Kāvyamīmāṃsā  and the Bṛhatsaṃhitā. Under Gupta emperors Bāmanasthalī (modern Banthali) was the capital of Surāṣṭra, before Valabhī became its capital. In the medieval period, in three directions, Bhavanagar, Porabandar and Somanath (the famous temple) were the limits of Surāṣṭra.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Surashtra in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

surāṣṭra (सुराष्ट्र).—m S (The good territory or district.) The province of Surat.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

surāṣṭra (सुराष्ट्र).—n The province of Surat.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Surashtra in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Surāṣṭra (सुराष्ट्र).—Name of a country on the western side of India (Surat). °जम् (jam) a kind of poison.

2) a sort of black bean (Mar. tūra). °ब्रह्मः (brahmaḥ) a Brāhmaṇa of Surāṣṭra.

Derivable forms: surāṣṭram (सुराष्ट्रम्).

Surāṣṭra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms su and rāṣṭra (राष्ट्र).

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

Surāṣṭra (सुराष्ट्र).—m.

(-ṣṭraḥ) A country on the western side of India, Surat. E. su good, and rāṣṭra district.

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

Surāṣṭra (सुराष्ट्र).—m. the name of a country, Surat, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 53, 56.

Surāṣṭra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms su and rāṣṭra (राष्ट्र).

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

Surāṣṭra (सुराष्ट्र).—[adjective] having a good government; [masculine] [Name] of a country, [plural] [Name] of a people.

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

1) Surāṣṭra (सुराष्ट्र):—[=su-rāṣṭra] [from su > su-yaj] a mf(ā)n. (su-) having good dominion etc., [Taittirīya-saṃhitā]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a country on the western side of India (commonly called Surat), [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa] etc.

3) [v.s. ...] of a minister of Daśa-ratha, [Rāmatāpanīya-upaniṣad]

4) [v.s. ...] m. [plural] the country or the inhabitants of S°, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.

5) Surāṣṭrā (सुराष्ट्रा):—[=su-rāṣṭrā] [from su-rāṣṭra > su > su-yaj] f. Name of a town ([probably] ‘the capital of S°’), [Atharva-veda.Pariś.]

6) Surāṣṭra (सुराष्ट्र):—[=su-rāṣṭra] b etc. See p. 1232, col. 2.

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Surāṣṭra (सुराष्ट्र):—

1) adj. (f. ā) gute Herrschaft habend u. s. w.: āpaḥ [Taittirīyasaṃhitā 2, 4, 7, 2.] —

2) m. sg. Nomen proprium eines Landes, eines Theiles des heutigen Guzerat; m. pl. Bez. des Volkes und des Landes [Hiouen-Thsang 2, 165. 405.] m. pl. [Mahābhārata 3, 8344. 8, 2098. 14, 2477.] [Harivaṃśa 12837.] [Rāmāyaṇa 4, 43, 5.] [MAHĀBH. ed. BALL. 62.] [Varāhamihira’s Bṛhajjātaka S. 5, 79.] [Mārkāṇḍeyapurāṇa 57, 52.] sg. : ṣṭre [Rāmāyaṇa Gorresio 1, 12, 23.] ṣṭre viṣaye [VARĀH.] [YOGAY. 3, 19] in [Weber’s Indische Studien 10, 175.] ṣṭram acc. [Bhāgavatapurāṇa 3, 1, 24.] im comp.: surāṣṭrāvantayaḥ [Mahābhārata 4, 12.] [Varāhamihira’s Bṛhajjātaka S. 4, 22. 10, 6. 14, 19. 69, 10.] sauvīrakayoryadantaram [Rāmāyaṇa 3, 53, 56.] kuntisurāṣṭrāḥ, cintisurāṣṭrāḥ gaṇa kārtakaujapādi zu [Pāṇini’s acht Bücher 6, 2, 37.] [ Kunde des Morgenlandes 4, 171.] surāṣṭrādhipati [Mahābhārata 2, 1165.] viṣaya [Harivaṃśa 5162.] brahma m. ein Brahmane aus S. [Pāṇini’s acht Bücher 5, 4, 104, Scholiast] surāṣṭrā f. wohl Name der Hauptstadt [Pariśiṣṭa des Atharvaveda] in [Weber’s Indische Studien 10, 317.] [Śatruṃjayamāhātmya 2, 6. 10, 140.] —

3) m. Nomen proprium eines Rathgebers des Daśaratha [WEBER, Rāmatāpanīya Upaniṣad 302. 305.] [AGASTYASAṂH. im Tithyāditattva] nach [Śabdakalpadruma] — Vgl. saurāṣṭra u. s. w.

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