Ajjuna: 3 definitions



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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Ajjuna Thera. Son of a councillor of Savatthi. In his youth he first joined the Order of the Niganthas; being dissatisfied, he was won over by the Buddhas Twin miracle and, entering the Order, reached arahantship (Thag.v.88; ThagA.i.186). He is evidently to be identified with Salapupphadayaka Thera of the Apadana (i.169).

In Vipassi Buddhas time he was born as a lion and gave the Buddha a flowering branch of a sala tree.

He was also once a cakkavatti, named Verocana.

2. Ajjuna - A Pacceka Buddha, who lived ninety one kappas ago. Panasaphaladayaka Thera (q.v.) gave him a ripe jackfruit. Ap.i.297.

3. Ajjuna - A Pacceka Buddha who lived ninety four kappas ago. Ajelaphaladayaka Thera gave him an of ajela fruit. Ap.ii.446.

4. Ajjuna - The seventh son of Devagabbha and Upasagara ; one of the Andhakavenhuputta. J.iv.81; Pv.93.

5. Ajjuna - King of the Kekaka, and a great archer. He annoyed the sage Gotama and was destroyed in spite of his bulk and his thousand arms (J.v.267). In the Sarabhanga Jataka he is mentioned as having sinned against Angirasa (J.v.135; also DA.i.266). He is identified with Arjuna, called Kartaviraya of the Kathasaritsagara (ii.639), and in the Uttarakanda of the Ramayana (Sarga 32).

He used to offer sacrifices to the gods (J.vi.201).

6. Ajjuna - The eldest of the five sons of King Pandu, all of whom were married to Kanha. On discovering her liason with a hunchbacked slave and her treachery towards themselves, they gave her up and retired to Himava (J.v.425f). Ajjuna was previous birth of the bird king Kunala (J.v.427).

context information

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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

ajjuna : (m.) 1. the tree Pentapatera Arjuna; 2. name of a prince.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Ajjuna, (Vedic arjuna, to raj; cp. Gr. a)rgόs white, a)ρguros silver, Lat. argentum) the tree Pentaptera Arjuna J.VI, 535; DhA.I, 105 (°rukkha). (Page 10)

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context information

Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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