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Duṭṭhagāmaṇi Abhaya

Duṭṭhagāmaṇi Abhaya (r. 101–77 bce)   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Buddhism

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... Abhaya ( r. 101–77 bce ). King of Sri Lanka and the hero of the Mahāvaṃsa , in which his battle against the non-Buddhist Damiḷas (Tamils) is celebrated and justified. He was the son of Kākavaṇṇatissa and Vihāradevī, whose antenatal cravings showed that he would be a great warrior. He was called Gāmaṇi-Abhaya and his father gathered at his court the most famous warriors of the land to be his tutors. From an early age he showed signs of audacity and bravery, and resented the confined limits of his father's kingdom, in particular the fact that his...

DuṠṠhagāmaṇi Abhaya

DuṠṠhagāmaṇi Abhaya  

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(r. 101–77 bce).King of Sri Lanka and the hero of the Mahāvaṃsa, in which his battle against the non-Buddhist Damiḷas (Tamils) is celebrated and justified. He was the son of Kākavaṇṇatissa and ...
Lohapāsāda

Lohapāsāda  

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(Pāli).Literally ‘copper building’. Name of the building serving as uposatha-hall (see uposatha.Skt., poṣadha) for the Mahāvihāra. Originally built by Devānampiya Tissa, it was pulled down and ...
Mahā-thūpa

Mahā-thūpa  

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(Pāli). The Great Stūpa at Anurādhapura in Sri Lanka which has been a centre for pilgrimage down the centuries. It was constructed by King Duṭṭhagāmaṇi Abhaya after his victory of the Tamils, ...
Mahā-thūpa

Mahā-thūpa   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Buddhism

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...(Pāli). The Great Stūpa at Anurādhapura in Sri Lanka which has been a centre for pilgrimage down the centuries. It was constructed by King Duṭṭhagāmaṇi Abhaya after his victory of the Tamils, although he did not live to see the work fully completed. Tradition asserts that relics of the Buddha were miraculously obtained and enshrined in the relic chamber. The structure itself has been the object of continuous pilgrimage and devotion over the last 2,000 years, undergoing periodic works of reconstruction and...

Lohapāsāda

Lohapāsāda   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Buddhism

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2004
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119 words

...(Pāli). Literally ‘copper building’. Name of the building serving as uposatha-hall ( see uposatha , Skt., poṣadha) for the Mahāvihāra . Originally built by Devānampiya Tissa, it was pulled down and rebuilt by Duṭṭhagāmaṇi Abhaya as a nine-storey building roofed with copper plates, hence its name. The building underwent major repairs and reconstruction through the years and its name was changed to Maṇipāsāda, meaning ‘jewel building’, after Jeṭṭhatissa , who had offered to the building a very valuable jewel, had it rebuilt. As a result of the...

Mahāmeghavana

Mahāmeghavana   Reference library

The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism

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2017

... or reliquary mound erected on the island; the southern branch of the Bodhi tree , brought to the island from India by Mahinda’s sister, the elder nun Saṅghamittā ; and the Mahāthūpa and Lohapāsāda built by King Duṭṭhagāmaṇi . Subsequently at the Mahāmeghavana were also built the Abhayagiri monastery by King Vaṭṭagāmaṇi Abhaya and the Jetavana monastery by King Mahāsena . These two monasteries became headquarters of rival fraternities that seceded from the...

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