Abhayagirivihara, Abhayagirivihāra, Abhaya-girivihara: 3 definitions

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Abhayagirivihāra (अभयगिरिविहार).—Buddhist monastery on the Abhayagiri.

Derivable forms: abhayagirivihāraḥ (अभयगिरिविहारः).

Abhayagirivihāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms abhaya and girivihāra (गिरिविहार).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Abhayagirivihāra (अभयगिरिविहार):—[=a-bhaya-giri-vihāra] [from a-bhaya] a m. Buddhist monastery on the Abhayagiri.

2) [v.s. ...] b m. Name of a monastery, [Inscriptions]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Goldstücker Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Abhayagirivihāra (अभयगिरिविहार):—[karmadharaya compound] m.

(-raḥ) The Buddhist mona-stery Abhayagiri in Anurādhapura which is said to have been founded by the king Vartagāmani, in commemoration of a taunt held out to him by a Nighaṇṭa Brāhmaṇa of the name of Giri, when he fled after an unsuccessful encounter with the Damila, the king making a vow to build a monastery if he should be victorious; he called it Abhayagiri from the name of the Brāhmaṇa (Giri) and the surname Abhaya he had assumed himself. (Comp. Turnour's Mahāv. p. 206 and Lassen's Ind. Alt. Ii. p. 433.) The monastery is famed for the sect which inhabited it (see abhayagirivāsin) and a tope erected in it. (Comp. Wilson's Ariana Antiqua p. 39 and Lassen's Ind. Alt. Ii. p. 1008.) E. abhaya-giri and vihāra.

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