Maddava: 4 definitions


Maddava means something in Buddhism, Pali, Jainism, Prakrit. 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

1. Maddava. King of Benares. The Bodhisatta was his councillor Senaka. See the Dasannaka Jataka. J.iii.337.

2. Maddava. King of Sagala in the Madda country. His daughter was given in marriage to Anitthigandha of Benares, but she died on the way to her husbands house. SNA.i.69.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

maddava : (nt.) softness; mildness; a soft thing. (adj.), mild; gentle; soft.

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

Maddava, (adj. nt.) (fr. mṛdu, cp. Epic Sk. mārdava) 1. mild, gentle, soft, suave Dhs. 1340; Vbh. 359; Miln. 229 (cittaṃ mudukaṃ m. siniddhaṃ), 313 (mudu°), 361 (among the 30 best virtues, with siniddha & mudu). ‹-› 2. (fr. madda) as Np. name of a king, reigning in Sāgala, the capital of Madda.—3. withered Dh. 377 (=milāta DhA. IV, 112).—nt. maddavaṃ mildness, softness, gentleness Sn. 250 (ajjava+), 292 (id.); J. III, 274 (as one of the 10 rāja-dhammā); V, 347 (=mettacittaṃ); DhsA. 151. See also sūkara°. (Page 518)

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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.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

Maddava (मद्दव) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Mārdava.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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