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This article is for Alexandria Arachosia (Afghanistan). For other cities of this name see - Alexandria (disambiguation)
Alexander The Great campaign India 326 BC
Location of Alexandria Eschate and that in Caucasus in map of Baktria

Alasanda (अलसन्द) was the Sanskrit name of Alexandria. Alexandria (Arabic: الإسكندرية Hindi: सिकन्दरिया) is a city in Afghanistan.


  • Alasanda (अलसन्द) (AS, p.43)
  • Alexandria (एलेग्जेड्रिया) (AS, p.803) (Arabic: الإسكندرية Hindi: सिकन्दरिया)


Alexandria founded around a small pharaonic town c. 326 BC by Alexander the Great in Egypt.[1]


Foundation of Alexandria



विजयेन्द्र कुमार माथुर[2] ने लेख किया है....अलसंद (AS, 43) अलक्षेंद्र द्वारा क़ाबुल के निकट बसाए हुए नगर एलेक्ज़ेंड्रिया (सिकंदरिया) का भारतीय नाम है।[3] मिलिंदपन्हो में अलसंद को द्वीप कहा गया है और इसमें स्थित कालसीग्राम नामक स्थान को मिलिन्द अथवा यवनराज मिनेन्डर (दूसरी शती ई. पू.) का जन्मस्थान बताया गया है। पर्शुस्थान की राजधानी हूपियन या वर्तमान ओपियन इसी स्थान पर थी। (न.ला. डे)

In Mahavansa

Mahavansa/Chapter 29 (The Obtaining of the Wherewithal to build the Great Thupa) tells that ....WHEN the wherewithal to build was thus brought together he began the work of the Great Thupa on the full-moon day of the month Vesakha, when the Visakha-constellation had appeared.....When the king, glad at heart, had thus had preparation made upon the spot where the Great Thüpa was to be built, he arranged, on the fourteenth day of the bright half of the month Asalha, an assembly of the brotherhood of the bhikkhus.....

Mahavansa/Chapter 29 tells.... From various (foreign) countries also did many bhikkhus come hither; what need to speak of the coming of the brotherhood living here upon the island?

  • With eighty thousand bhikkhus from the region of Rajagaha came the thera Indagutta, the head of a great school.
  • From Isipatana came the great thera Dhammasena with twelve thousand bhikkhus to the place of the cetiya.
  • With sixty thousand bhikkhus came hither the great thera Piyadassi from the Jetarama-vihara.
  • From the Mahavana (monastery) in Vesali came the thera Urubuddharakkhita with eighteen thousand bhikkhus.
  • From the Ghositarama in Kosambi came the thera Urudbammarakkhita with thirty `thousand bhikkhus.
  • From the Dakkhinagiri in Ujjeni came the thera Urusamgharakkhita with forty thousand ascetics.
  • With a hundred and sixty thousand bhikkhus came the thera named Mittinna from the Asokarama in Pupphapura.
  • From the Kasmira country came the thera Utinna bringing with him two hundred and eighty thousand bhikkhus.
  • The wise Mahadeva came from Pallavabhogga with four hundred and sixty thousand bhikkhus, and
  • From Alasanda the city of the Yonas came the thera Yonamahadhammarakkhita with thirty thousand bhikkhus.
  • From his dwelling by the road through the Vinjha forest mountains, came the thera Uttara with sixty thousand bhikkhus.
  • The great thera Cittagutta came hither from the Bodhimanda-vihara with thirty thousand bhikkhus.
  • The great thera Candagutta came hither from the Vanavasa country with eighty thousand ascetics.
  • The great thera Suriyagutta came from the great Kelasa-vihara with ninety-six thousand bhikkhus.

Alexander Cunningham[4] has identified Alasanda and Kelasa with mentioned in above paragraph. .... He writes that The passage of Pliny describing the position of Alexandria is prefaced by a few words regarding the town of Cartana, which, while they assign it a similar position at the foot of the Caucasus, seem also to refer it to the immediate vicinity of Alexander's city. .....If I am right in identifying Begram with the Kiu-lu-sa-pang of the Chinese pilgrim, the true name of the place must have been Karsana, as written by Ptolemy, and not Cartana, as noted by Pliny. The same form of the name is also found on a rare coin of Eukratides, with the legend Karisiye nagara, or " city of Karisi" which I have identified with the Kalasi of the Buddhist chronicles, as the birthplace of Raja Milindu. In another passage of the same chronicle, [5] Milindu is said to have been born at Alasanda, or Alexandria, the capital of the Yona, or Greek country. Kalasi must therefore have been either Alexandria itself or some place close to it.

Jat History

  • Asii - The country Assyria or Syria derives its name from Asiaghs. The Asiagh people were inhabitants of Asirgarh. One group of them migrated to Europe. Another group moved to Jangladesh. The origin of word Asiagh is from Sanskrit word "Asii" meaning sword. According to Kautilya the people who depended on "Asii" (sword) for their living were known as Asiagh.
  • Rajendra Singh Lunayach (born 1955) is an Indian Industrialist in Alexandria ranking sixth wealthiest person in Virginia along with his wife Neera Singh in 2006. Their Net worth being $1 billion. The couple, pioneers in the wireless industry, turned their investments into a billion-dollar fortune.

External Links


  1. Arrian Anabasis Book/5a
  2. Aitihasik Sthanavali by Vijayendra Kumar Mathur, p.43
  3. देखें महावंश (गेगर Geiger का अनुवाद) पृ. 194
  4. The Ancient Geography of India/Northern India,pp. 26-30
  5. Milindu-prasna, quoted by Hardy, in ' Manual of Buddhism,' pp. 440, 516.
  6. Ram Sarup Joon: History of the Jats/Chapter III, p.40-41
  7. History of the Jats/Chapter III,p.41
  8. The Ancient Geography of India/Northern India,pp. 26-30