Mahakosala, Mahākosala: 2 definitions



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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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

King of Kosala. He was the father of Pasenadi, and his daughter, Kosaladevi, was given in marriage to Bimbisara, who received a village in Kasi for her bath money (J.ii.237, 403; iv.342; SA.i.120, etc.).

Aggidatta was the purohita of Mahakosala. DhA.iii.241.

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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 geography

Source: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions

Mahākosala (महाकोसल) is the same as Kosala.—Mahākosala forms the largest unit among the three component parts of the State of Madhya Pradesh. The recent excavation at Eraṇ has thrown a flood of new light on the early history of eastern Malwa and Mahākosala between the period 1900 B.C. and A.D. 600. Kosala is a place-name without suffix and is mentioned in the Gupta inscription No. 1. The Gupta empire (r. 3rd-century CE), founded by Śrī Gupta, covered much of ancient India and embraced the Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

During the Gupta period several Brahmanical temples were built in this region. In the early medieval period i. e. from A.D. 600 to 1200, the Candellas and Kalacuris were the two chief ruling dynasties in the Mahākosala area.

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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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