Antarvedi

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By Swami Harshananda

Antarvedi literally means ‘inside the sacrificial altar’.

The tract of land between the rivers Gaṅgā and Yamunā, stretching from Prayāga (modern Allahabad) to Hardvār (or Hardwar) has often been called by this name.

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.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore