Alambara, Ālambara: 3 definitions


Alambara means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

The drum of the Asuras made from the claw of the crab of Kuliradaha. (For the story see Anaka.)

When the Asuras were defeated in battle they left the drum in their flight and Sakka took possession of it.

Its sound resembled a peal of thunder and for that reason, probably, came to be called Alambara megha. J.ii.344.

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

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

alambara : (m.) a kind of drum.

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

Ālambara, & Āḷambara (nt.) (Sk. āḍambara) a drum Vin.I, 15 (l); J.II, 344 (ḷ); V, 390 (l); Vv 5418 (ḷ). (Page 109)

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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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