Mahali, Mahāli: 2 definitions


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Mahali

A Licchavi chief, mentioned as having visited the Buddha at the Kutagarasala to ask if he had seen Sakka (S.i.230; DhA.i.263ff. add that the Buddha here related to him the story of Magha) and also to beg information as to the teachings of Purana Kassapa (S.iii.68). This conversation resulted from Mahali having heard the Sakkapanha Sutta. (See Mahali Sutta.)

Mahali was educated at Takkasila. After his return to Vesali, he devoted himself to the education of the young Licchavi men, but, through overexertion, lost his sight. He continued to instruct them, however, and was given a house by the gate, which led from Savatthi into Vesali. The revenue from this gate, worth one hundred thousand, was given to him (DhA.i.338). When Bandhula came to Vesali, to satisfy the pregnancy longings of his wife Mallika, Mahali, hearing the rumble of his chariot, instantly recognised it. He warned the Licchavis not to interfere with Bandhula, and, finding that they insisted on pursuing him, urged them to turn back when they saw Bandhulas chariot sink up to the nave, or at least when they heard a, sound like the crash of a thunderbolt, or when they saw a hole in the yokes of the chariot. But they paid no heed to his warnings and were killed (DhA.i.350f.; J.iv.148f).

When the Licchavis decided to invite the Buddha to Vesali, to rid the city of its plagues, Mahali it was who went with the son of the purohita to Veluvana to intercede with Bimbisara, that he might persuade the Buddha to come. Mahali was a favourite of Bimbisara and a member of his retinue. He had attained sotapatti at the same time as the king (DhA.iii.438).

This Mahali is perhaps identical with the Mahali mentioned in the Apadana (Ap.ii.494, vs.28) as the father of Sivali. His wife was Suppavasa.

2. Mahali. See Otthaddha.

3. Mahali. A Sakiyan prince, one of seven grandsons of Amitodana. They were brothers of Bhaddakaccana, wife of Panduvasadeva, and came to Ceylon, where they settled. Dpv.x.6. See Mhv.ix.6, 9.

context information

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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

mahālī (महाली).—A term of courtesy affixed to the names of Barbers. Ex. dāmamahālā, trimbakamahālyā.

context information

Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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