Makhadeva, Makhādeva, Makha-deva: 3 definitions


Makhadeva 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)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Makhadeva. King, son of Sagaradeva, in the direct line from Mahasammata. He was a great and liberal ruler, and his sons and grandsons, eighty four thousand in number, reigned in Mithila, the last of them being Nemiya, son of Kalarajanaka (Dpv.iii.34 f.; Mhv.ii.10; MT.129; DA.i.258 calls him the son of Upacara; also SNA.i.352).

His dynasty was followed by that of Okkaka, so that he is one of the ancestors of the Sakiyans (DA.i.258; SNA.i.352).

See also Makhadeva Jataka and Makhadeva Sutta.

Makhadeva is identified with the Bodhisatta. In a later birth he became Nimi. v.l. Maghadeva.

2. Makhadeva. A yakkha, identified with Angulimala. For his story see Sutana Jataka. J.iii.325ff.

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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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Makhādeva (मखादेव) is the name of a king belonging to the ‘sun-king lineage’ into which Buddha was previously born, mentioned in order to demonstrate the fearlessness of the Buddha according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XL.1.4. Accordingly, “The Buddha himself from the very beginning has always taken birth in the lineage of noble cakravartin kings. He was born into the families of the lineage of ‘sun kings’: king Mo-ho-t’i-p’o (Makhādeva), etc. This is why he has no fear”.

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context information

Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Buddhism

Makhādeva (मखादेव) refers to an ancient king from the Solar dynasty (sūryavaṃśa) and a descendant of Mahāsaṃmata, according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra, an encyclopedic work on Buddhism written by Nāgārjuna. Makhādeva is possibly identified with Magghadeva (or Maghādeva), the son of Sāgaradeva, according to the Mahābuddhavaṃsa or Maha Buddhavamsa (the great chronicle of Buddhas) Anudīpanī chapter 1, compiled by Ven. Mingun Sayadaw.

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