Mahapanada, Mahāpanāda: 2 definitions

Introduction

Mahapanada means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Mahapanada. Son of Suruci and king of Mithila. He owned a palace one hundred storeys high, all of emerald; it was one thousand bow shots (twenty five leagues) high and sixteen broad and held six thousand musicians.

Mahapanada was a previous birth of Bhaddaji. See the Mahapanada Jataka and also Kosala. See also Sankha (3).

2. Mahapanada. A primeval king, descendant of Mahasammata. Mhv.ii.4; Dpv.iii.7.

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-Jataka (No. 264). The story of Mahapanada, given in the Suruci Jataka. Cp. Dvy. 56ff.

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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Buddhism

Mahāpanāda (महापनाद) (son of Panāda and father of Sudassana) is the name of an ancient king from the Solar dynasty (sūryavaṃśa) and a descendant of Mahāsaṃmata, according to the Mahābuddhavaṃsa or Maha Buddhavamsa (the great chronicle of Buddhas) Anudīpanī chapter 1, compiled by Ven. Mingun Sayadaw. These twenty-eight kings were of long lives of asaṅkhyeyya (asaṃkhyeya) years. The twenty-seven kings [viz., Mahāpanāda] after Mahāsammata were his descendants. Some of these twenty-eight kings reigned in Kusavatī City, others in Rājagaha and still others in Mithilā.

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