From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By M. A. Alwar

Ilāvṛta is one of the nine divisions of Jambudvīpa.[1] 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[edit]

Ilāvṛtam As per Trikāṇḍaśeṣa[edit]

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

Ilāvṛtam As per Bhāgavata[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Viṣṇupurāṅa says:[2]

“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.”

See also[edit]


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