Jantaghara, Jantāghara: 3 definitions


Jantaghara means something in Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

India history and geogprahy

Source: archive.org: Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963

Jantāghara is the name of a building constructed by Devānaṃpiya Tissa (B.C. 247-207) at Mahāvihāra in Anurādhapura. It is a bath with a room for hot baths, to south of the Bodhi tree. Mahāvihāra, also called the Tissārāma, was a region in the Southern Area of the city of Anurādhapura, founded in B.C. 246 by Devānaṃpiya Tissa and presented to the great Thera, Mahinda. Its territory (including the Jantāghara building) comprised the Jotivana (previously called Nandana) and Mahāmegha Parks, the area to south and south-east of the citadel.

India history book cover
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.

Discover the meaning of jantaghara in the context of India history from relevant books on Exotic India

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous (J) next»] — Jantaghara in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

jantāghara : (nt.) a hot room for steam bath.

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

Jantāghara, (Acc. to Abhp. 214=aggisālā, a room in which a fire is kept (viz. for the purpose of a steam bath, i.e. a hot room, cp. in meaning Mhg. kemenate=Lat. caminata, Ger. stube=E. stove; Low Ger. pesel (room)= Lat. pensile (bath) etc.) Etym. uncertain. Bühler KZ 25, p. 325=yantra-gṛha (oil-mill?); E. Hardy (D. Lit. Qtg. 1902, p. 339)=jentāka (hot dry bath), cp. Vin. Texts I. 157; III, 103. In all probability it is a distorted form (by dissimilation or analogy), perhaps of *jhānt-āgāra, to jhā to burn=Sk. kṣā, jhānti heat or heating (=Sk. kṣāti)+āgāra, which latter received the aspiration of the first part (=āghāra), both being reduced in length of vowels=jant-āghara)—1. a (hot) room for bathing purposes, a sitzbath Vin. I, 47, 139; II, 119, 220 sq. , 280; III, 55; M. III, 126; J. II, 25, 144; Vism. 18; Dpvs VIII, 45.—2. living room J. I, 449. (Page 278)

Pali book cover
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of jantaghara in the context of Pali from relevant books on Exotic India

See also (Relevant definitions)

Relevant text

Like what you read? Consider supporting this website: