Valanadu: 2 definitions


Valanadu 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: Shodhganga: A study of place names of Nalgonda district

Valanadu is one of the terms designating an ‘administrative division’ used in the inscriptions of Andhra Pradesh.—Valanadu literally means in Tamil “a fertile country”. But Valavan was the dynastic name of the Cholas and Valavar was the name of the people of Cholanad who were mainly agriculturists. Valavan-nadu is a better explanation than Valavar-nadu because there is no mention of valanadu outside the dominion of the Cholas, and no other dynasty in Andhra had employed this appellation. It was initiated by Rajaraja-I in C.A.D.1000 and continued upto C.A.D. 1250. The Cholas seem to have used it as a synonym of rashtra or desa. Some of the valanadus of Andhra Pradesh were Gangagondachola-valanadu, Jayakulamanikka-valanadu, Uttamachola-valanadu, and so on.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Vaḻanāḍu.—(IE 8-4; EI 25), Tamil; a province; a district consisting of sub-divisions called kuṟṟam or nāḍu. Note: vaḻanāḍu is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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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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