Karaganga, Kāragaṅgā, Kara-ganga: 2 definitions



Karaganga 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 river in Ceylon. It was dammed between the hills with a great barrier by Parakkamabahu I., and its waters were conveyed by a canal, the Akasaganga, to form the Parakkamasamudda (q.v.) (Cv.lxxix.24). Another canal, the Godavari, is mentioned as branching off from the Karaganga and flowing into the Parakkamasagara (Cv.v.57).

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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

Kāragaṅgā is the name of an ancient river that existed in the Polonnaruva (Polonnaruwa) district of Ceylon (Sri Lanka).—The Sinhalese Chronicles say that Mahāsena dammed the Kāra-Gaṅgā and brought the water to Miṇṇeriya tank along the Talavatu canal. The Kāra-Gaṅgā is mentioned in the Pali Chronicles much later: Parakkamabāhu I (1153-1186) dammed it and conveyed water along the Ākāsa-Gaṅgā (present Aṅgamadilla-ala) to Parakkamasamudda at Polonnaruva.

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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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