Mahacula Mahatissa, Mahakuli Mahatissa, Maha Cula Maha Tissa, Mahācūla-mahātissa: 1 definition



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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Mahacula Mahatissa in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Son of Khallatanaga and Anuladevi.

Vattagamani adopted him (thereby earning the title of Pitiraja) and took him with him when forced to flee from the Damilas (Mhv.xxxiii.35, 45; Dpv.xx.22f, 31).

Mahacula succeeded Vattagamani as king of Ceylon and ruled for fourteen years (17-3 B.C.). He worked in a rice field, disguised as a labourer, and with the wages so earned gave alms to Mahasumma. For three years he laboured in a sugar mill near Sonnagiri and built the viharas known as Mandavapi, Abhayagallaka, Vankavattakagalla, Dighabahugallaka, and Jalagama. He was succeeded by Coranaga (Mhv.xxxiv.1ff). Mahacula had two sons, Tissa (poisoned by the notorious Anula) and Kutakannatissa. Mhv.xxxiv.15, 28.

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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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