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By M. A. Alwar

Sometimes transliterated as: Ilavrtam, IlAvRtam, Ilaavrritam


Ilāvṛtam is a neutral form.


It is derived from "irayā āvṛtam" which means 'Surrounded by water'.

Perspective from Rishis and Purānas

Ilāvṛtam As per Trikāṇḍaśeṣa

Ilāvṛtam is the name of a varṣa among the nine varṣas of Jambudvīpa.

Ilāvṛtam As per Bhāgavata

  • The ilāvṛta-varṣa lies surrounding the Sumeru mountain.
  • It is bounded by Nīla mounain in the North, Niṣadha in the South, Malyavān in the West and mount Gandhamādana in the East.
  • He was the son of Agnīdhra who inherited a varṣa called ilāvṛta from his father.

Ilāvṛtam As per Viṣṇupurāṅa

Viṣṇupurāṅa says:[1]
“Oh great sage! Agnīdhra was the ruler of Jambudvīpa. He had nine sons equalling Prajāpati-s. They were Nābhiḥ, Kiṁpuruṣaḥ, Harivarṣaḥ, Ilāvṛtaḥ, Ramyaḥ, Hiraṅvān, Kuruḥ, Bhadrāśvaḥ, and another, Ketumāla, a virtuous king.”

Notes by the editor

Ilāvṛta is one of the nine divisions of Jambudvīpa.[2] It was ruled by a king Ilāvṛtam, son of Agnīdhra.


  1. Viṣṇupurāṅa 2|1|16,17,18
  2. Jambudvīpa is one of the seven continents surrounding mount Meru.
  • Shabdakalpadrumah by Raja Radhakantdev, Varadaprasada Vasu, Haricarana Vasu