Mayadhanu, Māyādhanu: 2 definitions


Mayadhanu means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Mayadhanu. The youngest brother of Bhuvanekabahu VII. and father of Rajasiha I. He reigned over a part of Ceylon with his capital at Sitavaka (1521 81 A.C.). His reign was marked by a series of severe and fluctuating struggles against his brother and against the Portuguese then in Colombo. He is said to have been succeeded by his son, Rajasiha. Cv.xciii.3ff.; Cv. Trs.ii.224, n. 1; 225, n. 3.

2. Mayadhanu. The name of a district in Ceylon, between the coast and the mountains. Its capital was Sitavaka, founded by Parakkamabahu IV. There was in it a village called Udakagama. Cv.xc. 100; c. 213; Cv. Trs.ii.209, n. 8.

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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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India history and geography

Source: The Chronological History of Ancient Sri Lanka

When the Cholas occupied Anuradhapura on 332 CE in the northern Sri Lanka and Viravikrama migrated to Mathura, Mayadhanu, a descendant of Surya Vamsa founded his kingdom in Gangasiripura close to the harbor of Kolamba (Columbo). His son Rajasimha I succeeded him. After the death of Rajasimha I, his successor Vimaladharmasuriya I had to flee to the province of Gova.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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.

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