Delhi; 2 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

Delhi refers to one of the places visited by Dharmapāla during his tour of North India. Anāgārika Dharmapāla (born 1864) was a Ceylonese Buddhist who travelled across India and beyond, spreading Buddhism. According to Bhikkhu Sangharakshita in his Biographical Sketc, “he travelled as a pilgrim, not caring at all for comforts, mixing with the sanyasins, ascetics, Hindu pilgrims, and with passengers of the third and intermediate classes, eating at times the poorest food, sleeping at times in places where the poor sleep and gaining an insight into the characteristics of the poor classes, who are suffering from intense ignorance, superstition and poverty”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Buddhism

India history and geogprahy

Delhi.—The ancient name of Delhi was Yoginīpura in the pre-Muslim period. The king Madanapala of this place gave a cordial reception to the Jaina saint of the Kharatara-gaccha in V.S. 1222. The Kharatara-gaccha Paṭṭavali informs that Pārśvanātha temple existed here. Even in the Muslim period, the Jainas played an important part in the religious affairs of Delhi. The Prabandhakośa of Rājaśekhara was written here in 1317 A.D. The well-known Pheru belonged to Delhi and he accepted the teachings propounded by the Jaina saints. A temple of Mahāvīra was built in Delhi around 1328 A.D., under the patronage of Muhammad Bin Tughluq. Afterwards, also the manuscripts of Jaina works were written at Yoginipura or Delhi.

Source: Jainworld: Jain History (h)
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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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