Gridhrakutaparvata, aka: Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata; 2 Definition(s)
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The Sanskrit term Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata can be transliterated into English as Grdhrakutaparvata or Gridhrakutaparvata, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata (गृध्रकूटपर्वत) is the name of a sacred place where the Buddha was dwelling at the beginning of the discourse in the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter V. Accordingly, “the Buddha was dwelling on the K’i chö kiue chan (Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata), the vulture peak mountain”. Gṛdhra means vulture and kūṭa means peak.
Why is it called Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata (vulture peak mountain)?
1) The summit of this mountain resembles a vulture and the inhabitants of Rājagṛha, because of this resemblance, agreed to call it vulture peak mountain. This is why it is called Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata.
2) Furthermore, south of Rājagṛha, in the Che t’o lin (Śītavana), there were many corpses; vultures commonly came to devour them and then went to perch on the peak of the nearby mountain. The people then named it vulture peak (Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata) mountain. It is the highest of the five mountains of Rājagṛha. It abounds in precious forests and waters. The Āryas live there.(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.
India history and geogprahy
Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata (गृध्रकूटपर्वत) was visited by Fa hien and by Hiuan tsang. Cunningham identifes it with the modern Śailagiri, two and a half miles north-west of the old city.(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (history)
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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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Part 3 - Why is it called Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata (vulture peak mountain) < [Chapter V - Rājagṛha]
Part 6 - Buddha’s preferences for Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata < [Chapter V - Rājagṛha]
Appendix 5 - The story of Vakkhali < [Chapter XXXIX - The Ten Powers of the Buddha according to the Abhidharma]