Dighavapi, aka: Dīghavāpi, Digha-vapi; 2 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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A tank and a district in Ceylon. When the Buddha went to Ceylon he visited the village, and on the spot where he sat in meditation a cetiya was later erected (Mhv.i.78; Dpv.ii.60; Sp.i.89). It seems to have been the central post in the country lying between the Tamil kingdom and the province of Rohana. Thus we find Dutthagamanis brother, Tissa, occupying it by the order of his father. Later, on the death of his father, he retired to Dighavapi with his mother and the elephant Kandula (Mhv.xxiv.2, 14f, 48). When he made peace with his brother, he was again sent there to look after the district.

After the conquest of the Tamils, Tissa was again in charge of Dighavapi, for we find him being sent for from there at the time of Dutthagamanis death (Mhv.xxxii.2). Tissa (afterwards called Saddhatissa) founded the Dighavapi vihara, in connection with which he built a cetiya, to which he made valuable offerings (Mhv.xxxiii.9, 14). We hear of Dighavapi in connection with the campaigns of Parakkamabahu I. (Cv.lxxiv.89; 98, 110, 180; lxxv.1, 10). Many years later Rajasiha II. gave the district round Dighavapi to the settlers who came from Holland (Cv.xcvi.25, 28; for its identification see Cv.Trs.ii.30, n.1). The village of Mahamuni, residence of Sumana, wife of Lakuntaka Atimbara, was in Dighavapi (DhA.iv.50). Dighavapi was nine leagues from Tissamaharama (AA.i.386).

For a story connected with the cetiya see Dhajagga Paritta.

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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India history and geogprahy

Dīghavāpi (दीघवापि) is the name of a river as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—Dīghavāpi (cf. Dīpavaṃsa and Mahāvaṃsa) is probably the modern Kandiya-Kaṭṭu tank in the eastern province of Cylon.

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism
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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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