Ambagama, Ambagāma, Amba-gama: 2 definitions


Ambagama 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)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Ambagama - A village in Ceylon near Pulatthipura identified with the modern Ambagamuva. A battle was fought there between the forces of Gajabahu and Parakkamabahu I. (Cv.lxx.321) Parakkamabahu II. built a bridge, thirty four cubits in length, over the Khajjotanadi at Ambagama. Ibid., lxxxvi.23.

2. Ambagama - One of the villages near Vesali visited by the Buddha on his last tour (D.ii.123). It was between Bhandagama and Bhoganagara, on the road from Vesali to Kusinara. This was evidently the road which led from Vesali northwards to the Malla Country, for other villages in the vicinity of Ambagama were Hatthigama and Jambugama.

It is noteworthy that Anupiya, although in the Malla country, is not mentioned in the list of these villages. Thomas (Op. cit., 148, n.1) thinks that this is because the route to Kusinara passed to the east of Anupiya.

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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 geography

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism

Ambagāma (अम्बगाम) is the name of an ancient village situated between Rājagaha and Kusāvati or Kusīnārā: an ancient capital of Malla: one of the sixteen Mahājanapadas of the Majjhimadesa (Middle Country) of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—In the Mahāparinibbāna Suttanta we find an account of the Buddha’s journey from Rājagaha to Kusīnārā. We are also told of halting places, the list of which is given in order with important events, viz., Ambagāma.

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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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