Alahana, Ālāhana: 3 definitions


Alahana 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.

India history and geography

Source: Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963

Ālāhana or Ālāhanapariveṇa refers to a building that once existed near Polonnaruva (Polonnaruwa), Ceylon (Sri Lanka).—Parakkamabāhu I built the large monastery named the Ālāhana-pariveṇa. Its limits were marked by 10 boundary stones and it comprised:— (i) the Laṅkātilaka Image House of 5 storeys, decorated with figures of flowers, creepers, gods and brāhmas and enclosing acolossal, standing Image of the Buddha. Vijayabāhu IV restored the building. Its ruins still bear the same name; (ii) Rūpavatī Thūpa built by queen Rūpavatī of Parakkamabāhu I: this is probably the present Kiri-vehera; (iii) Subhaddā Cetiya; (iv) the Baddhasīmā-pāsāda, the Uposatha House of the Monastery, of 12 storeys, with turrets, apartments, halls and cells: its ruins have been conserved; (v) Khaṇḍasīmā, a sacred space; (vi) a Pāsāda, for the Mahāthera, of 3 storeys; and (vii) several other appurtenant and subsidiary buildings.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Alahana in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

āḷāhana : (nt.) ground for cremation.

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

Āḷāhana, (nt.) (fr. ā + ḍah or dah, see dahati) a place of cremation, cemetery D.I, 55; J.I, 287 (here meaning the funereal fire) 402; III, 505; Pv.II, 122; Vism.76; Miln.350; DA.I, 166; DhA.I, 26; III, 276; PvA.92, 161, 163 (= sarīrassa daḍḍha-ṭṭhāna). — Note. For āḷāhana in meaning “peg, stake” see ālāna. (Page 110)

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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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