Bhaddavati, aka: Bhaddavatika, Bhaddavatī, Bhaddavatikā; 1 Definition(s)


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Bhaddavati in Theravada glossaries]

1. Bhaddavati. A city, the residence of Bhaddavatiyasetthi, father of Samavati. Trade was carried on between Kosambi and Bhaddavati (DhA.i.187). See also Bhaddavatika.

2. Bhaddavati, Bhaddavatika. A female elephant belonging to King Udena.

She had belonged originally to Candappajjota. She could travel fifteen leagues in a day (DhA.i.196). Udena made use of her in his elopement with Vasuladatta (DhA.i.198). At first the king paid her great honour, declaring that his life, queen and kingdom were all due to her; her stall was smeared with perfumed earth and hung with coloured hangings, a lamp burned perfumed oil and a dish of incense was set on one side. She stood on a coloured carpet and ate royal food of many flavours. But when she grew old she was neglected and became destitute. One day she saw the Buddha entering the city for alms, fell at his feet, and complained of the kings neglect. The Buddha reported the matter to the notice of Udena, and all former honours were restored to Bhaddavati. This incident led to the preaching of the Dalhadhamma Jataka. J.iii.384f.

3. Bhaddavati. A princess, sister of Parakkamabahu I. Cv.lxvi.147.

4. BhaddavatikaA market town near Kosambi. The Buddha went there and was warned by cowherds and others not to approach Ambatittha as a fierce Naga dwelt there. Sagata Thera, hearing this, went to Ambatittha and subdued the Naga, afterwards rejoining the Buddha at Bhaddavatika (Vin.iv.108f.; J.i.360f). The town is probably identical with Bhaddavati (q.v.), and was in the Cetiya Country. Vin.iv.108.

(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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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