Mahadathika Mahanaga, Mahādāthika-mahānāga: 1 definition



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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Younger brother of Bhatikabhaya and king of Ceylon for twelve years (67-79 A.C.). He made a courtyard of kincikkha stones on plaster round the Maha Thupa, and built the Ambatthala thupa, making it firm at the risk of his own life. He placed chairs for the preachers in all the viharas of Ceylon, and laid out the grounds round Cetiyagiri, holding a great celebration called the Giribhandapuja (q.v.). From the Kadambanadi to Cetiyagiri he laid carpets for the comfort of pilgrims. He built the Maninagapabbata, the Kalanda, the Samudda, and the Culanagapabbata Viharas, and gave land for the use of monks in Pasanadipaka and Mandavapi Viharas in gratitude for favours shown him by novices of these monasteries. He had two sons, Ananda gamani Abhaya and Kanirajanutissa, both of whom succeeded to the throne. Mhv.xxxiv. 68ff.; xxxv.l.9; Dpv.xxi.34.

He had a queen called Damiladevi (apparently a Tamil lady) who died young. AA.i.13.

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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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