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Kripura (क्रीपुर) or Krīpura was the place from which Vainyagupta issued his land-grant in A.D. 507 :

Kripura Gunaighar Copper-plate Inscription of Vainyagupta Gupta Year 188 (=A. D. 507).

As mentioned in (No. 52, L. 1) It was evidently the seat of his government. [1] It was the victorious camp full of great ships and elephants and horses (situated). [2] The place is of unknown identity,[3] but is possibly to be looked for in Bengal. [4] Literally the name can mean a 'market-town'. [5]

Similar name Kārāpura is situated in Bagdam, Jammu and Kashmir, India. Its geographical coordinates are 34° 6' 0" North, 74° 52' 45" East and its original name (with diacritics) is Kārāpura. [6] It is nor clear whether it has anything to do with Kripura.


  1. R.C. Majumdar, The History of Bengal,. Vol. I, p. 50.
  2. Indian Historical Quarterly, Calcutta . Vol.6, p. 53: महा-नौ-हस्त्यश्व-जयस्कन्धावारात् क्रीपुराद्....।
  3. B.C. Sen, Some Historical Aspects of the Inscriptions of Bengal, p. 94
  4. R.C. Majumdar, The History of Bengal, p. 50
  5. Tej Ram Sharma:Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions, p. 229

Foot notes

नदी पर्वत एवं वन से युक्त, जहाँ की जनसंख्या अधिक हो एवं जहाँ राजा निवास करते हों उस स्थान को स्कंधावार कहते हैं.