Bhaddakaccana, Bhaddakaccānā: 3 definitions

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Bhaddakaccana 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)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

The youngest of the children of Pandu, the Sakiyan. She was so beautiful that seven kings begged to be allowed to marry her. Her father, unable to decide between her suitors, put her in a boat with thirty two companions and launched the boat upon the Ganges. The boat arrived in the course of the following day at Gonagamaka in Ceylon, where the women landed, dressed as nuns. In due course they came to Upatissagama, where the king, Panduvasudeva, warned by soothsayers, awaited their arrival and married Bhaddakaccana.

Later, six of her brothers came to Ceylon and settled in different parts; the brothers were Rama, Uruvela, Anuradha, Vijita, Dighayu and Rohana. The seventh brother, Gamani, stayed at home.

Bhaddakaccana had ten children, the eldest being Abhaya and the youngest Ummadacitta. Mhv.viii.18ff.; ix. 1, 9 f.; Dpv.x.1ff.

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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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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Bhaddakaccānā (भद्दकच्चाना) or Bhaddakaccā is the name of the wife of the Buddha according to Pāli sources mentioned in a footnote at the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXVIII). The wife of the Buddha, mother of Rāhula, is called called in the Pāli sources Rāhulamātā, Bhaddakaccā (Bhaddakaccānā) (Buddhavaṃsa XXVI.15; Mahāvaṃsa II.24), Yasodharā (Buddhavaṃsa Comm., p. 245), Bimbādevī (Jātaka II, p. 392; Sumaṅgala II, p. 422) and Bimbāsundarī (Jātaka VI, p. 478). She was born on the same day as the Buddha (Jātaka I, p. 54) and married him at the age of sixteen (Jātaka I, p. 58).

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

bhaddakaccānā : (f.) another name for Rāhula's mother, Yasodharā.

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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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