The Vishnu Purana, where the Evolution of the Universe is described, also describes a Number Kingdoms, there were fifty-six .
The other Seventeen Puranas also do for this for the description of the Universe and the Bharatavarsha is one of the Rules for being classified as a Purana.
There is also a tradition that there were fifty-six Kingdoms in India, this is explained in the Mahabharata, where the Story of Nala and Damayanti is narrated.
It provides a list of fifty-six kings who attended the Swayamvara of Damayanti.
The Ramayana also lists more or less the same number in the Ramayana for the Swayamvara of Sita.
Tamil Classical Literature also mentions fifty-six Kingdoms.
Now I came across information that the number of Kingdoms are not fifty-six but seventy-six,
One may note from the Sankalpa or Resolution a Hindu chants for a function includes the Line.
Jambo Dweepe.,Bharata Varshe…
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