Kalapabbata, Kālapabbata: 2 definitions


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A mountain range in Himava, sixty leagues in height. Here Irandati sang her song, hearing which Punnaka, on his way to a meeting of the yakkhas, plighted his troth to her. After Punnaka had won Vidhura, he took him to Kalapabbata, and there tried by various means to kill him. His attempts failed, and Vidhura, learning the motive for his act, preached to him, seated on the top of the mountain, and converted him (J.vi.255, 264, 302ff, 309, 326). In some places the mountain is called Kalagiri. E.g., ibid., 302, 304, 309, 326; see also Mtu.ii.300.

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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

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

Kālapabbata is another name for Kāsapabbata: the name of an ancient locality that existed since the ancient kingdom of Anurādhapura, Ceylon (Sri Lanka).—The next point of Duṭṭhagāmaṇi’s advance beyond Mahelanagara was Kāsapabbata, also called Kālapabbata, Kasāgalbada and Kasāgalugama. It was at this same Kāsapabbata that Paṇḍukābhaya, nearly two centuries earlier, had begun his eastward march. Geiger identifies Kāsapabbata with Kahagalgama, 18 miles south-east of Anurādhapura, but this name does not appear on modern maps and village lists: there is a Kahallegama between Eruvava (Eruvāva) and Labunoruva.

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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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