Magadhakhetta: 1 definition



Magadhakhetta means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Mention is made in the books of the Magadhakhetta, probably an extensive rice field which at once caught the eye on account of its terraces. It could be seen from the Indasala guha (ThagA.i.333). The contour of the field struck the Buddhas imagination and he asked Ananda to design a robe of the same pattern. Ananda did this very successfully, and this pattern has been adopted for the robes of members of the Order ever since (Vin.i.287).

The Suvannnakakkata Jataka (J.iii.293; also iv.277) mentions a field of one thousand karisas (about eight thousand acres) in a brahmin village called SaIindiya to the east of Rajagaha. Magadhakhetta may sometimes have been used as another name for Magadha. See, e.g., AA.i.126, where NaIakagama is mentioned as having been in Magadhakhetta.

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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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