Mahiyangana, Mahiyaṅgana: 1 definition


Mahiyangana 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)

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

A locality in the old Mahanaga garden, on the banks of the Mahavalukaganga. It was there that the Buddha hovered in the air on his first visit to Ceylon, in order to frighten the Yakkhas. Later, Mahasumana built there a shrine seven cubits in diameter, all of sapphire, and containing the hair given to him by the Buddha. After the Buddhas death, Sarabhu, a disciple of Sariputta, brought there the collar bone of the Buddha, which he deposited in the thupa, increasing the height of the thupa to twelve cubits. Uddhaculabhaya raised it to thirty cubits, while Dutthagamani, dwelling there during his campaign against the Damila Chatta, increased it to eighty cubits (Mhv.i.24, 33ff.; xxv.7; Cv. Trs.i.154, n.3). Voharika Tissa erected a parasol over the thupa (Mhv.xxxvi.34). Attached to the thupa was a vihara, near which lived the three Lambakannas, Sanghatissa, Sanghabodhi and Gothabhaya (Mhv.xxxvi.58).

In later times, Sena II. gave maintenance villages to the vihara (, as did also Kassapa IV. (Cv.lii.14). Vijayabahu I. found the vihara in a bad state of decay and had it restored, (Cv.lx.59) while Parakkamabahu VI. carried out repairs to the thupa (Cv.xci.29). King Viravikamma went from his capital to Mahiyangana, a distance of seven gavutas on foot, and held a great festival in honour of the thupa (Cv.xcii.17). King Narindasiha is mentioned as having visited Mahiyangana three times once alone and twice with his army and as having held magnificent festivals in its honour (Cv.xcvii.27ff). Vijayarajasiha held a festival there (Cv.xcviii.85), as did Kittisirirajasiha, who made a pilgrimage to the spot (Cv.xcix.38); he also made arrangements for travelers from Siam to Ceylon to visit the spot and hold celebrations there (Cv.c.125ff). Rajasiha II. was born in Mahiyangana, while his parents were staying there for protection from their enemies. Cv.xcv.12.

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 mahiyangana in the context of Theravada from relevant books on Exotic India

See also (Relevant definitions)

Relevant text

Help me keep this site Ad-Free

For over a decade, this site has never bothered you with ads. I want to keep it that way. But I humbly request your help to keep doing what I do best: provide the world with unbiased truth, wisdom and knowledge.

Let's make the world a better place together!

Like what you read? Consider supporting this website: