Mahagama, aka: Mahāgāma, Maha-gama; 2 Definition(s)


Mahagama means something in Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India. 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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A tank built by Mahasena. Mhv.xxxvii.47.

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The capital of Rohana.

Dutthagamani was born there, and ruled there till he started on his campaign against the Damilas (Mhv.xxviii.8, 59, etc.; Cv.xlv.42, etc.; see also Mhv.Trs.146, n.5).

Throughout history Mahagama remained the most important place in Rohana. Near by were the Tissamaharama and the Anurarama built by Subha. It is first mentioned (Mhv.xxii.8) as the residence of Devanampiyatissas younger brother, Mahanaga, who founded the Rohana dynasty, but, as a settlement, it probably dates back to the most ancient times. Mahanaga built in it the Nagamaha vihara. Mahatissa built the Mahapali Hall in Mahagama and attached to it the Dathaggabodhi parivena (Cv.xlv.42). The Damilas (probably in the time of Mahinda IV.) destroyed Mahagama, but the buildings were restored by Vijayabahu I. Cv.lx.56.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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

Mahagama is the name of an ancient locality that existed near the ancient kingdom of Anurādhapura, Ceylon (Sri Lanka).—At Vadakahagalahīnna, near Kokobe, the place Humanajanalikeya is mentioned in a pre-Christian inscription, and the village Mahagama in a 2nd century inscription.

Source: Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963
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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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