Bhesakalavana, Bhesakalāvana, Bhesakaḷāvana, Bhesakala-vana: 2 definitions


Bhesakalavana 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)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A grove in the Bhagga country. It contained a Deer Park wherein the Buddha stayed, on Sumsumaragiri. Near by was the house in which lived Nakulapita and Nakhulamata (A.ii.61; iii.295; S.iii.1; iv.116).

Once, when the Buddha was at Bhesakalavana, he saw, with his divine eye, Anuruddha dwelling in the Pacinavamsadaya in the Ceti country, and appeared before him to encourage him in his meditations (A.iv.228ff.; J.iii.157).

The palace Kokanada, built for Prince Bodhi, was in the neighbourhood of the grove (Vin.ii.127; DhA.iii.134, etc.).

It was while staying in this grove that Maha Moggallana was molested by Mara and he preached the Maratajjaniya Sutta (M.i.332).

Singalapita is said to have retired to Bhesakalavana for his meditations (ThagA.i.70).

The grove received its name from the fact that its presiding spirit was a Yakkhini called Bhesakala (SA.ii.181).

According to the Buddhavamsa Commentary (BuA.3), the Buddha spent the eight vassa at Bhesakalavana.

The Divyavadana calls it Bhisanikavana. Dvy.182.

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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India history and geogprahy

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Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism

Bhesakaḷāvana (भेसकऌआवन) or simply Bhesakaḷā is the name of a forest situated in 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).—Once the Buddha stayed at Bhesakaḷāvana Migadāya in the Suṃsumāragiri of the Bhaggas.

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context information

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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