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27 Jan, 8 tweets, 2 min read
Description of the geography of Bharatavarsha in the Markandeya Puranam

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A Hindu dharmika's reverence for Bharat and everything within its realm is embedded in our genes. We worship its holy kshetras, holy mountains, holy rivers, its holy plants & animals as mentioned in our Dharmashastras.
Everytime we Hindus take a sankalpa during any homa/puja, we invoke the names of many geographical entities within the realms of Bharat. From the lofty snow clad mountains of the Himalayas to the lush green forests of the Dandakaaranya to the plains of the Ramasethu.
We invoke the name of every sacred river from Ganga to Sindhu to Saraswati to Godavari to Kaveri. We also invoke all our Teerthas & punya kshetras. From Mathura to Avantikapuri to Ayodhyapuri to Kashi to Kanchi to Gokarna to Dwaraka & many others.
The relationship that a Hindu shares with this sacred land of Bharatavarsha is an unbroken civilizational connect no other living human being belonging to any other region or geography can boast of. This is an unique & unbroken relationship.
For a Hindu, Bharatavarsha is much more than just a piece of land. For the Hindu, the whole of Bharat is one big Teertha which is an embodiment of Paramatma.

On the other hand, for the invaders Bharat has always been a mere piece of land to be conquered & its resources pillaged
Each one of the 18 Maha Puranas has an adhyaya dedicated to describing & praising the sacred geography of Bharat. This is from the Brahma puranam.

Point is the reverence a Hindu has for this land cannot be & should not be compared to anyone else.

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