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Tamralipti shown in eastern India, c. 375 CE

Tamralipta or Tamralipti was a city in Kalinga, located on the Bay of Bengal. It is found 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

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