Kanavapi, Kāṇavāpi, Kana-vapi: 2 definitions


Kanavapi 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A tank near the Cetiyagiri, given by Sena I. for the use of the monks there (Cv.l.72). Sena II. built a dam across it at Katthantanagara (Cv.li.73), and both Vijayabahu I (Cv.lx.50) and Parakkamabahu I (Cv.lxxix.34) restored it.

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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 geography

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

Kāṇavāpi is the name of a locality that existed in the ancient kingdom of Anurādhapura, Ceylon (Sri Lanka).—Mahāsena (275-301) built Khānuvāpi which the Sinhalese Chronicle calls Kaṇadiyadora, identical with Kāṇavāpi, the large, breached reservoir now known as Kaṇadarāva, about 2 miles north-east of Mihintale. Sena I (833-853) assigned Kāṇavāpi to Cetiyapabbata-vihāra (Mihintale). Sena II (853-887) built a dam at Kaṭṭhantanagara to augment the supply to Kāṇavāpi.

An inscription of Udaya II (887-898) at Kaṇadarāva names the tank Kāṇavāva. In the tablets of Mahinda IV (956-972) at Mihintale the king decrees that the whole supply of Kāṇavāva shall be utilised for Mihintale-vihāra only, in accordance with the custom prevailing during the Tamil regime. Vijayabāhu I (1055-1110) and Parakkamabāhu I (1153-1186) both restored Kāṇavāpi: in an inscription of the latter the length of the bund of Kaṇādiyadora is given as 1,600 riyan.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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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