Buddhabhadra: 4 definitions


Buddhabhadra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

India history and geography

Source: Shodhganga: Ajanta’s antiquity

Buddhabhadra (बुद्धभद्र) (r. 461-480 CE) is the name of a Buddhist monk and benefactor of one of the Ajantā caves.—Buddhabhadra is incised over the right doorway on the porch of the śailagṛha No. 26 at Ajantā. Buddhabhadra seems to have been no common monk (vs. 7). The nature of the work which he performed clearly indicates that he possessed considerable wealth. His friendship with the minister of the king of Aśmaka, in whose honour the cave was excavated, and the epithet “abhijānopapānna” (vs. 16), which seems to mean that he was of noble family, indicate, too, that he was more than a common begging friar.

Buddhabhadra was born of a noble family. Was he a Kshatriya earlier belonging to a royal or ministerial clan who embraced Buddhism (buddha-śāsana-gati) at an early age. There are reasons to believe, if one studies the chronology of Ajantā, that Buddhabhadra was really a trendsetter along with many other donors who concurrently began the excavation of other caves on the site, many of which reflect the subtle personal tastes of different donors.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Buddhabhadra (बुद्धभद्र):—[=buddha-bhadra] [from buddha > budh] a m. Name of 2 men, [Buddhist literature]

2) [v.s. ...] b m. Name of a Buddhist mendicant, [Inscriptions]

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Buddhabhadra in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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