Akasacetiya, Akasa-cetiya, Ākāsacetiya: 2 definitions

Introduction

Akasacetiya means something in Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A cetiya in Rohana in South Ceylon, not far from Cittalapabbata Vihara, so named because it is situated on the summit of a rock. It is not known when and by whom it was built. King Kakavanna Tissa fixed to it stone slabs, to make it easier of ascent (Mhv.xxii.26).

There were probably two cetiyas of the same name, one being in Rohana and the other to the east of Anuradhapura. It is the latter which is mentioned in the thirty third chapter of the Mahavamsa (Vers. 68-9).

Vattagamani, going up with his queen to the Akasacetiya, saw his minister, Kapisisa, who had just come down from the cetiya, where he had been sweeping the courtyard, sitting by the road; because he did not fling himself down before the king, the latter slew him in anger.

This Akasacetiya was near Acchagalla Vihara, which, according to the Mahavamsa Tika (MT.302), was to the east of Anuradhapura.

It may be that Akasacetiya was a common name for any vihara built on the summit of a rock, for the Commentaries (AA.i.375; MA.ii.955) speak also of an Akasacetiya at Sumanagiri (Sumanakuta) at which the Tamil general Dighajantu offered a red silken robe.

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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India history and geogprahy

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism

Ākāsacetiya (आकासचेतिय) is the name of a temple (cetiya) as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—Ākāsa-cetiya (cf. Mahāvaṃsa) was situated on the summit of a rock not very for from the Cittalapabbata monastery, Ceylon.

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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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