Mahavamsa, aka: Mahāvaṃśa, Mahāvaṃsa, Mahavamsha, Mahāvamsa, Maha-vamsha; 4 Definition(s)

Introduction

Mahavamsa means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

The Sanskrit term Mahāvaṃśa can be transliterated into English as Mahavamsa or Mahavamsha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Mahavamsa in Theravada glossary... « previous · [M] · next »

Mahavamsa Mahavamsa

The great Chronicle of Ceylon. The first part of the work - i.e., to the time of King Mahasena - is attributed to Mahanama Thera (MT.687). The continuation of the Chronicle is called the Culavamsa. The first portion of the Culavamsa - i.e., from Mahasena to the reign of Parakkamabahu II. - is traditionally ascribed to a thera named Dhammarakkhita (Cv. Trs.ii.155, n.3). The next section - i.e., to the time of Kittisiri Rajasiha - was written by Tibbatuvave Thera, Mahanayaka of Puppharama, at the invitation of the king, who obtained for him copies of the Chronicle from Siam (Cv.xcix.78f; Cv.Trs.ii.263, n.1). From there it was continued till the time of the British occupation (1815 A.C.) by Hikkaduve Sumangala Thera (P.L.C.310).

There is a Commentary on the Mahavamsa called the Vamsatthappakasini (q.v.).

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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).

Discover the meaning of mahavamsa in the context of Theravada from relevant books on Exotic India

General definition (in Buddhism)

Mahavamsa in Buddhism glossary... « previous · [M] · next »

The Mahavamsa is a historical poem written in the Pali language, of the Kings of Sri Lanka. The first version of it covered the period from the coming of King Vijaya of the Rarh region of ancient Bengal in 543 BCE to the reign of King Mahasena (334–361).

etymology: Mahavamsa (Sinhala: මහාවංසය [ˈmahavaŋʃəyə]; Pali: Mahāvaṃsa, trans. "Great Chronicle"; abbrev. Mhv. or Mhvs.)

Source: WikiPedia: Buddhism

India history and geogprahy

Mahavamsa and Dipavamsa relate the chronological history of Sri Lanka from the epoch of Theravada Buddhism (1765 BCE) or Buddha nirvana to King Mahasena (948-921 BCE). Seemingly, Mahanama wrote Mahavamsa in the first half of the 1 st century BCE.

Source: academia.edu: The Chronological History of Ancient Sri Lanka
India history book cover
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of mahavamsa in the context of India history from relevant books on Exotic India

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahavamsa in Sanskrit glossary... « previous · [M] · next »

Mahāvaṃśa (महावंश).—Name of a wellknown work in Pali (of the 5th century).

Derivable forms: mahāvaṃśaḥ (महावंशः).

Mahāvaṃśa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and vaṃśa (वंश).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
context information

Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

Discover the meaning of mahavamsa in the context of Sanskrit from relevant books on Exotic India

Relevant definitions

Search found 1835 related definition(s) that might help you understand this better. Below you will find the 15 most relevant articles:

Mahendra
Mahendra (महेन्द्र) participated in the war between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, on the side of the latter,...
Mahapadma
1) Mahāpadma (महापद्म) is the name of a sacred spot mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—Mahāpadma ...
Mahadeva
Mahādeva.—(IE 7-1-2), ‘eleven’. Note: mahādeva is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary”...
Mahakala
Mahākāla (महाकाल) is the name of a mountain situated in Majjhimadesa (Middle Country) of ancien...
Mahabala
Mahābalā (महाबला) is another name for Vatsādanī, a medicinal plant identified with Cocculus hir...
Mahamaya
Mahāmāyā (महामाया) is the mother of the Buddha and the sister of Mahāprajāpatī Gautamī, who was...
Mahabhuta
Mahābhūta (महाभूत) refers to “four great elements”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāra...
Vamsha
Vaṃsa (वंस) or Vatsa refers to one of the sixteen Mahājanapadas of the Majjhimadesa (Middle Cou...
Mahasena
1) Mahāsena (महासेन).—Another name for Subrahmaṇya. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 225, Verse...
Mahalakshmi
Mahālakṣmī (महालक्ष्मी) is one of the epithets of Durgā, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, cha...
Mahavidya
Mahāvidyā (महाविद्या) or Mahāvidyāgama refers to one of upāgamas (supplementary scriptures) of ...
Maheshvara
Maheśvara (महेश्वर).—Another name of Śiva.
Mahanadi
1) Mahānadī (महानदी).—A river, celebrated in the Purāṇas and flowing through the region Utkala ...
Maharaja
Mahārāja (महाराज) or Mahārājarasa is the name of an Ayurvedic recipe defined in the fourth volu...
Maha
mahā (महा).—a Great, big; a great one.

Relevant text

Like what you read? Consider supporting this website: