Tarapura, Tārāpura, Tara-pura: 5 definitions


Tarapura means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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 Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Tārāpura (तारापुर) is the name of an ancient city according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 56. Accordingly, “... But one day the minister of the King Tārāvarman, who lived in the city of Tārāpura, the excellent Brāhman Anantasvāmin, came that way on business, with his elephants, horses and foot-soldiers, and entered the house of that merchant [Sārthadhara], being a friend of his”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Tārāpura, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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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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India history and geography

Source: Jainworld: Jain History (h)

Tārāpura (तारापुर) is the historical name for modern Tāraṅga: a sacred hill situated in the Mahesana-District [which] became a holy place of the Jainas. According to the Prākrit Nirvāṇa Kāṇḍa, Varadatta Varaṅga, Sagaradatta, three and half Koṭi Munis etc. attained Nirvāna. Tāraṅgā was mentioned by Guṇakīrti in the Tirtha-vandanā written in the fifteenth century A.D. Śrutasāgara, Megharāja Dilasukha etc. also described this Tīrtha. It became famous as Nirvāṇa-kṣetra

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Tārāpura (तारापुर):—[=tārā-pura] [from tārā > tāra] n. Name of a town, [Kathāsaritsāgara lvi, 41.]

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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 (even English!). 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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