‘Hindu’ and ‘Hindustan’ in the Puranas


Defining who is the real’Hindu’ Birhannaradi Purana (found many centuries ago in Hoshiarpur) contains the verse:

Himalayam samarabhya yavat bindusarovaram
Hindusthanamiti qyatan hi antaraksha-rayogatah

“The country between Himalayas and Bindu Sarovar (Cape Commorin Sea) is Hindusthan derived by combining the first letter ‘Hi’ of Himalayas and the last compound letter ‘ndu’ of the word Bindu.”

Other instances are cited in Vishnu Purana, Padma Purana and the Brihaspati Samhita:

Aaasindo sindhu paryantham yasyabharatha bhoomikah
Mathrubhuh pithrubhoochaiva sah vai hindurithismrithaah

“Whoever considers the land of Bharatha Bhoomi between Saptha Sindhu and the Indian Ocean as his motherland and fatherland is known as Hindu.”

Again VishNu Purana, 2.3.1:

Uttaram yat samudrasya, Himadreschaiva dakshinam |
Varsham tad Bharatam nama Bharati yatra santatih ||

“Bharat is the name of country situated to the north of the sea and south of the Himalayas and its progeny is known as Bharati.”

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