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Tamralipti shown in eastern India, c. 375 CE

Tamralipta or Tamralipti was the name of an ancient city on the Bay of Bengal believed by scholars to be on the site of ancient Odisha [1] in Midnapore district of modern-day India in West Bengal. The Tamluk town in present-day West Bengal is identified as the site of Tamralipti.[2]

It is believed that Tamralipti was the exit point of the Mauryan trade route for the south and south-east.[3] Excavations at Moghalmari confirmed the presence of Buddhist vihars in the area which was mentioned by Chinese travelers Fa Hien and Xuanzang.[4] It was located near Rupnarayana river. This place has been mentioned in Mahabharata as a place which Bhima acquired. It was linked by roads with the major towns of that time, i.e. Rajagriha, Shravasti, Pataliputra, Varanasi, Champa, Kaushambi and Taxila. [5]

See also


  1. ^ Ports of Ancient Odisha - Odisha Review - Odissa Government
  2. ^ Dilip K. Chakrabarti (2001). Archaeological Geography of the Ganga Plain: The Lower and the Middle Ganga. Orient Blackswan. p. 125. ISBN 978-81-7824-016-9. 
  3. ^ "Purba (East) Medinipur". Calcutta High Court. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Shankar Chattopadhay, Suhrid (22 February 2013). "Unearthing a culture". Frontline. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Ports of Ancient Odisha - Odisha Review - Odissa Government
  • Manoranjan Bhaumick, History, Culture and Antiquities of Tamralipta, Kolkata, Punthi Pustak (2001) ISBN 81-86791-27-2.
  • T. N. Ramachandran, "Tamralipti (Tamluk)", Artibus Asiae, Vol. 14, No. 3 (1951), pp. 226–239

External links

  • Archaeological Museum, Tamluk (West Bengal)
  • Tamralipti in Banglapedia
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