Aggalavacetiya, aka: Aggalava-cetiya, Aggālava-cetiya; 2 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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The chief shrine at Alavi (SnA.i.344; SA.i.207) (hence probably the name), originally a pagan place of worship, but later converted into a Buddhist vihara. The Buddha stopped here on many occasions during his wanderings, and this was the scene of several Vinaya rules, e.g. against monks digging the ground (Vin.iv.32) and cutting trees (Vin.iv.34), using unfiltered water for building purposes (Vin.iv.48), sleeping in the company of novices (Vin.iv.16), giving new buildings in hand (Vin.ii.172f).

The Chabbaggiya are censured here for a nissaggiya offence (Vin.iii.224). The Vangisa Sutta was preached there to Vangisa, on the occasion of the death of his preceptor, Nigrodhakappa (Sn.59f). In the early years of Vangisas novitiate he stayed at the shrine with his preceptor, and disaffection arose within him twice, once because of women, the second time because of his tutors solitary habits (S.i.185-6), and later, again, through pride in his own powers of improvisation (patibhana) (S.i.187). Here, again, the Buddha utters the praises of Hatthaka Alavaka, who visits him with a large following, whose fealty has been won (according to Hatthaka) by observing the four characteristics of sympathy (sangahavatthuni) learnt from the Buddha (A.iv.216-20).

Many lay women and nuns flocked there by day to hear the Buddha preach, but none were there when he preached in the evenings (J.i.160). It was here that the Manikantha Jataka was related (J.ii.282), also the Brahmadatta Jataka (J.iii.78), and the Atthisena Jataka (J.iii.351), all in connection with the rules for building cells. See also Alavi.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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India history and geogprahy

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Aggalava-chetiya.—It is about 350 miles to the north of Saṅkāśya in Sugana somewhere near Khalsi where Buddha passed his sixteenth vassa. Ālavaka Yakkha residedat this place. (Fa Hian’s Travels, xvii ; JBAS., 1891, pp. 338, 339). See Ālavi.

Source: The Geographical Dictionary of Ancient and Mediaeval India
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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