By Swami Harshananda
Antarvedi literally means ‘inside the sacrificial altar’.
It has been regarded as a sacred region and the principal seat of Ārya-brāhmaṇas,’ brāhmaṇas who were ideal in character and fit to be emulated by others. It has also been called ‘samas- thalī,’ ‘śaśasthalī and ‘brahmāvarta.’
‘Antarvedi’ is also the name of a place of pilgrimage situated on the bank of the river Godāvarī.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore