Meghavannabhaya, aka: Meghavaṇṇābhaya; 2 Definition(s)


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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1. Meghavannabhaya. Another name for King Gothakabhaya (q.v.).

2. Meghavannabhaya. A minister of King Mahasena. He was an intimate friend of the king, but when the latter attempted to destroy the Mahavihara, he showed his displeasure by raising a revolt in Malaya. The king went out to fight him and pitched his camp near Duratissavapi. During the night, Meghavannabhaya visited the king alone, taking some delicacies which he had obtained, wishing to share them with him. At their meeting they begged each others forgiveness, and, with the kings help, Meghavannabhaya restored the Mahavihara (Mhv.xxxvii.17ff). According to the Smantapasadika (Sp.i.102; also SadS.43), one of the parivenas built by Meghavannabhaya seems to have borne his name. It was built on the site where, in the time of Devanampiyatissa, a recital of the Dhamma was held under the presidency of the Thera Maha Arittha.

Meghavannabhaya vihara. A monastery founded by King Gothabhaya (Meghavannabhaya). At the festival of its consecration the king distributed six garments each to thirty thousand monks. Mhv.xxxvi.108.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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 geogprahy

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Meghavaṇṇābhaya is the name of a vihāra built by Goṭhābhaya (249-263) and was situated in an unknown area of Anurādhapura.—See Meghavaṇṇābhaya-vihāra.

Source: Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963
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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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