Kutagarasala, Kūtāgārasālā, Kūṭāgāraśāla, Kutagarashala, Kutagara-shala: 3 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Kūṭāgāraśāla can be transliterated into English as Kutagarasala or Kutagarashala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A hall in the Mahavana near Vesali. The Buddha stayed there on several occasions, and in the books are found records of various eminent persons who visited him there and of his conversations with them. Among such visitors are mentioned several Licchavi chiefs, Mahali Otthatthaddha (D.i.150ff; S.i.230f; iii.68f; A.v.86f; several visits of Mahali are mentioned; for details see Mahali. BuA. p.3 mentions that the Buddha spent his sixth rainy season in the Kutagarasala), Nandaka (S.v.389), Sunakkhatta (M.ii.252), Bhaddiya (A.ii.190f), Salha and Abhaya (A.ii.200), all attended by numerous retinues; their senapati, Siha, who went with five hundred chariots, having only decided after much hesitation to see the Buddha (A iii.38f; iv.79, 179ff); the Jaina Saccaka, whom the Buddha won only after much argumentation, as described in the Cula- and the Maha Saccaka Suttas (M.i.227ff; 237ff; the Licchavi Dummukha is also mentioned, M.i.234, as having been present when Saccaka argued with the Buddha); the householder Ugga of Vesali, acclaimed by the Buddha for the possession of eight eminent qualities (A.iii.49; iv.208f; S.iv.109); the upasaka Vasettha (A.iv.258f), the two goddesses, daughters of Pajjunna, both known as Kokanada (S.i.29f ); and the brahmin Pingiyani (A.iii.237f).

The Licchavis waited on the Buddha and ministered to him during his stay in the Kutagarasala, and it is said that they were of various hues: some blue, others yellow, etc. And Pingiyani, seeing the Buddha shining in their midst, surpassing them all, once uttered the Buddhas praises in verse, winning, as reward from the Licchavis, five hundred upper garments, all of which, be, in turn, presented to the Buddha (A.iii.239f). On one occasion, when the Buddha was preaching to the monks regarding the six spheres of sense contact, Mara arranged an earthquake to break the monks concentration, but failed to achieve his object (S.i.112). Several Jatakas were related by the Buddha in the Kutagarasala: the Sigala (J.ii.5), the Telovada (J.ii.262), the Bahiya (J.i.420), and the Ekapanna (J.i.504). It was here that the Buddha finally agreed to grant the request of the five hundred Sakyan women, led by Pajapati Gotami, that they might be ordained as nuns. They had followed the Buddha hither from Kapilavatthu (A.iv.274f; Vin.ii.253f; J.ii.392). The Buddha gave Pajapati Gotami, at her special request, a summary of his doctrine (A.iv.280). It was also at the Kutagarasala that the Buddha uttered his prophecy as to the ultimate downfall of the Licchavis (S.ii.267f).

It was customary for the Buddha, when staying at the Kutagarasala, to spend the noonday siesta in the woods outside the Mahavana, at the foot of a tree; visitors coming at that time would, if their desire to see him was insistent (see, e.g., D.i.151; A.iii.75),

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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: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism

Kuṭāgārasālā (कुटागारसाला) is the name of a monastery (ārāma) situated in Majjhimadesa (Middle Country) of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—Kuṭāgārasālā was at Vesālī.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Kūṭāgāraśālā (कूटागारशाला).—(= Pali °sālā), n. of a hall or house near Vaiśālī where the Buddha often stayed: Divy 136.7; 200.21 (Bhagavān…Vaiśālyāṃ) viharati…°śālāyāṃ; similarly Av i.8.5; 279.5; MSV i.224.14; Mv i.299.20 idaṃ mahāvanaṃ kūṭāgāraśālaṃ or °lāṃ, mss.; Senart em. sa-kūṭāgāraśālaṃ. See Markaṭahrada-tīra (same place?).

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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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