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Draksha-prastha (द्राक्षा-प्रस्थ) is name of a town and country mentioned by Panini in Ashtadhyayi and in Mahabharata.

Mention by Panini

Draksha-Prastha (द्राक्षाप्रस्थ) is mentioned by Panini in Ashtadhyayi. [1]

Draksha (द्राक्षा) is mentioned by Panini in Ashtadhyayi. [2]

Jat clans


Panini refers to Kapiśayana,[3] a famous wine from Kapiśa.[4] That Kapiśa was an emporium for the Kapiśayana wine and the product was exported and stored in large quantities in the ancient period is proved by the recent archaeological discoveries (1939) at this site of numerous glass flasks, fish-shaped wine jars and drinking cups which were used in the wine trade many centuries ago.[5] Besides, large ivory plaques were also found during excavations at this ancient site. The grapes called Kapiśayani Draksha and the wine called Kapiśayani Madhu are referred to in several ancient Indian literature.[6]

In Mahabharata

External links


  1. V. S. Agrawala: India as Known to Panini, 1953, p.67
  2. V. S. Agrawala: India as Known to Panini, 1953, p.216
  3. Sutra IV.2.29.
  4. Dr S. Chattopadhyaya 1974: 58; India as Known to Panini, 1953, p 71, Dr V. S. Aggarwala; Foreign Elements in Ancient Indian Society, 2nd Century BC to 7th Century AD, 1979, p 86, Dr Uma Prasad Thapliyal.
  5. A Grammatical Dictionary of Sanskrit (Vedic): 700 Complete Reviews of the Best Books for ..., 1953, p 118, Dr Peggy Melcher, Vasudeva Sharana Agrawala, Surya Kanta, Jacob Wackernagel, Arthur Anthony Macdonell.
  6. Cultural History of Ancient India: A Socio-economic and Religio-cultural Survey of Kapiśa and ... , 1979, p 29, Jaya Goswami; India as Known to Pāṇini: A Study of the Cultural Material in the Ashṭādhyāyī, 1953, 118, Dr Vasudeva Sharana Agrawala