Ekaraja, Ekarāja, Eka-raja, Ekarājā: 7 definitions


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Ekaraja - King of Benares. He was the Bodhisatta. A minister, whom he expelled on the ground of misconduct in the royal harem, took service under Dabbasena, king of Kosala, and incited him to make war on Ekaraja. The latter was captured while sitting on the dais in the midst of his councillors and hanged head downwards by a cord from the lintel of a door. In this position Ekaraja cultivated thoughts of loving kindness towards his enemy and attained a stage of complete absorption in mystic meditation. His bonds burst and he sat cross legged in mid air. Dabbasena was, meanwhile, seized with a burning pain in his body and, on the advice of his courtiers, had Ekaraja released, whereupon the pains disappeared. Realising Ekarajas holiness, Dabbasena restored the kingdom to him and asked his forgiveness (J.iii.13-15).

In the Ekaraja Jataka, reference is made to the Mahasilava Jataka for details regarding the expulsion of the minister for misconduct and of the subsequent events. But there the king is called Silava and not Ekaraja. The two stories contain certain similarities but the details vary very much. See also the Seyya Jataka, where the king is called

Kamsa, and compare it with the Ghata Jataka. The Ekaraja Jataka is given as an example of a birth in which the Bodhisatta practised metta to perfection (E.g., BuA.51; Mbv.11). The story of Ekaraja is the last in the Cariya Pitaka (No. xiv).

According to the Cariya Pitaka Commentary (p.205), Ekaraja was a title given to the king on account of his great power, in which case his real name might have been Silava, as mentioned above. The scholiast on the Ekaraja Jataka (J.iii.14), however, says that Ekaraja was the kings personal name.

2. Ekaraja - King of Pupphavati (Benares). He was the son of Vasavatti and the father of Candakumara. For his story see the Khandahala Jataka (J.vi.131ff). He belonged to the Kondannagotta (J.vi.137).

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ekaraja (एकरज).—the plant भृङ्गराज (bhṛṅgarāja) (Mar. mākā).

Derivable forms: ekarajaḥ (एकरजः).

Ekaraja is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms eka and raja (रज).

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Ekarāja (एकराज).—m. an absolute king; प्राङ् विशाम्पतिरेकराट् त्वं वि राज (prāṅ viśāmpatirekarāṭ tvaṃ vi rāja) Av.3.4.1. a. Shining alone, alone visible; स वा एष तदा द्रष्टा नाप- श्यद् दृश्यमेकराट् (sa vā eṣa tadā draṣṭā nāpa- śyad dṛśyamekarāṭ) Bhāg.3.5.24.

Derivable forms: ekarājaḥ (एकराजः).

Ekarāja is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms eka and rāja (राज). See also (synonyms): ekarāj.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Ekaraja (एकरज).—m.

(-jaḥ) A plant, (Verbesina scandens:) see bhṛṅgarāja. E. eka excellent, and rajas farina.

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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. 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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Pali-English dictionary

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Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Ekarājā refers to: universal king J.I, 47 (of the Sun).

Note: ekarājā is a Pali compound consisting of the words eka and rājā.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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