(‘the land of the Āryans’)

From the most ancient times, the region between the Himālayas and the Vindhya mountains, demarcated by the western and eastern seas, has been declared as the ‘Āryāvarta,’ the land of the Āryans, ‘the refined and cultured people.’ Black antelopes roam about this land. It was believed that it was a holy land and that only people with puṇya (religious merit) would have the privilege of being born there.

Of course, there are other descriptions according to which there are slight variations to its geographical limits.