Sites & cities that bear the name of Tamralipta


Today in : India
First trace of activity : ca. 4th century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 8th century C.E
Recorded names : Tramralipta, Tamralipti, Tamalika, Tamalitti

Description : Tamralipta or Tamralipti was a city in ancient Bengal, located on the Bay of Bengal 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. It is believed that Tamralipti was the exit point of the Mauryan trade route for the south and south-east. Excavations at Moghalmari confirmed the presence of Buddhist vihars in the area which was mentioned by Chinese travelers Fa Hien and Xuanzang. 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.

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