By M. A. Alwar
Ilāvṛta is one of the nine divisions of Jambudvīpa. It was ruled by a king Ilāvṛtam, son of Agnīdhra.
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
“Oh great sage! Agnīdhra was the ruler of Jambudvīpa. He had nine sons equaling Prajāpati-s. They were Nābhiḥ, Kiṁpuruṣaḥ, Harivarṣaḥ, Ilāvṛtaḥ, Ramyaḥ, Hiraṅvān, Kuruḥ, Bhadrāśvaḥ, and Ketumāla.”
- Jambudvīpa is one of the seven continents surrounding mount Meru.
- Viṣṇupurāṅa 2|1|16,17,18
- Shabdakalpadrumah by Raja Radhakantdev, Varadaprasada Vasu, Haricarana Vasu