Indaka, aka: Indakā, Indaka Sutta; 3 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

1. Indaka - A yakkha who lived in Indakuta, near Rajagaha. When the Buddha was staying at Indakuta, the yakkha questioned him as to how the soul finds its material counterpart. The Buddha, in reply, described how the embryo evolved into its final shape by the laws of physical growth and not by a souls fiat (S.i.206).

Buddhaghosa says (SA.i.231) that the yakkha was an animist (puggalavadin).

2. Indaka - A deva. He had been a youth who gave a spoonful of food to Anuruddha. In consequence he was born in Tavatimsa as a deva of great power and majesty. When the Buddha went to Tavatimsa to preach the Abhidhamma, in the assembly of the gods who gathered there, those of lesser powers had to yield place to their superiors. Thus Ankura (q.v.), who, at the start, was very near the Buddha, found himself twelve leagues away. But not so Indaka; the power of his merit was very great and no deva was mighty enough to displace him; he had been lucky in the recipient of his gift. Ankuras generosity, much more lavish than Indakas, had been bestowed on men who were not holy. Such was the explanation the Buddha gave in the assembly of the gods, on seeing the discrepancy between the positions of the two devas, Indaka surpassing the other in ten qualities. (Pv.pp.27f; PvA.136-8; DhA.iii.219-20; 80-1).

In one place, in the Petavatthu (p.28, v.69), Indaka is called a yakkha, but the Commentary (p.139) says it means deva putta. He is, therefore, different from Indaka (1).

Indaka Sutta - Contains the question asked by Indaka and the Buddhas reply. (S.i.206).

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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Indaka, (dimin. fr. inda) — 1. Np. (see Dict. of names), e.g. at Pv. II, 957; PvA. 136 sq.—2. (-°) see inda2. (Page 121)

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

Indakā (इन्दका).—A king of star remaining overhead in the मृगशीर्ष-नक्षत्र (mṛgaśīrṣa-nakṣatra).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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