Varetika, aka: Vareṭikā; 1 Definition(s)


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1a) Vareṭikā (वरेटिका) is the name of a province (viṣaya) mentioned in the “Ṭhāṇā plates of Arikesarin”.—Accordingly, “... the village Cāvināra comprised in the viṣaya of Vareṭikā , the boundaries of which are as follows:—on the east the village Pūagambā and the waterfall from a hill, on the south the villages Nāgāmbā and Mūlāḍoṅgarikā, on the west Sāmbarapallikā, on the north the villages Sāmbive and Kāṭiyālaka.”

1b) Vareṭikā is also mentioned in the “Ṭhāṇā plates of Mummuṇirāja”.—Accordingly, “out of the produce of food-grains from the village Ekasāla situated in the Vareṭikā-viṣaya, the boundaries of which are as follows:‒on the east, the river Ūlasa; on the south, the river Pavahā; on the west, the cow-path near (the hamlet) Siyali; on the north, an Aśvattha tree and a cow-path”.

The Vareṭikā-viṣaya seems to have comprised part of the modern Karjat tālukā of the Kolābā District, as many of the villages mentioned as situated in it can be satisfactorily identified in the vicinity of the Bhivapurī Road Station of the Central Railway, which lies in the Karjat-tālukā.

1c) Vareṭikā-viṣaya is also mentioned in the “Vaḍavalī grant of Aparāditya I”. Accordingly, “... the village Mora situated in the viṣaya of Vareṭikā, the boundaries of which are as follows:—on the east, the boundary of a field donated to a god ; on the south, the boundary of (the village) Rājī ; on the west, the boundary of the pasture-land ; and on the north, the boundary of the tank”.

The Vareṭikā-viṣaya, in which the donated field was situated, must have comprised territory not far from Vaḍavālī, as the Brāhmaṇa resident of Vaḍavalī was ‘to enjoy’ it, but it cannot now be traced in its neighbourhood.

2) The village Vareṭikā, after which the Vareṭikā-viṣaya was named, Dr. Dikṣit would identify it with Variti ‘which is situated on Bhivaṇḍi-Wāḍe road and lies about 12½ miles to the north of Bhivaṇḍī in the Bhivaṇḍī tālukā of the Ṭhāṇā District.’ But it lies far to the north of these places. It is more likely to be identical with Varheḍī situated near Bhivapurī as suggested by Mr. Atre.

Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Śilāhāras
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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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