Meghagirivihara, Meghagirivihāra, Meghagiri-vihara: 2 definitions


Meghagirivihara 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

General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: WikiPedia: Buddhism

Meghagirivihāra is another name for Meghagiri (“cloud-hill”), the name of a monastery and temple to the north of Anuradhapura, mentioned in the fifth chapter of Dathavansa.

India history and geography

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Source: Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963

Meghagiri-vihāra is the name of a building that was situated in the southern area of Anurādhapura.—Meghagiri-vihāra or Meygiri-vihāra (present Isurumuṇiya) was in the Mahāmeghavana and was the first repository of the Tooth Relic: it was situated between Dakkhiṇa-thūpa and the eastern gate of the Magul Uyana, and was a place where rain-making ceremonies were carried out.

Anurādhapura (where Meghagiri-vihāra is found) was first founded as a village settlement in the second half of the 6th century B.C. by a Minister named Anurādha of the first, traditional King, Vijaya. The embellishment of the town with thūpas and vihāras began in the reign of Devānaṃpiya Tissa (B.C. 247-207).

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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.

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