Mucalinda: 4 definitions


Mucalinda means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Muchalinda.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Mucalinda. A legendary king, descended from Mahasammata. Mhv.ii.3; Dpv.iii.6; Mtu.i.348.

2. Mucalinda

A tree near the Ajapalanigrodha in Uruvela. The Buddha spent there the third week after the Enlightenment. There was a great shower of rain, and the Naga king, Mucalinda, of the tree, sheltered the Buddha by winding his coils seven times round the Buddhas body and holding his hood over the Buddhas head (Vin.i.3; J.i.80; BuA.8, 241; Ud.ii.1; Mtn.iii.300, 302; DhSA.35).

The Udana Commentary (100f.; see also MA.i.385) adds that the space provided by the Nagas coils was as large as the floor space of the Lohapasada and that the Naga king lived in a pond near the tree.

3. Mucalinda. A king of long ago. He is mentioned ( in a list of those who, in spite of having given great gifts, could not penetrate beyond the realms of sense. He is, perhaps, identical with Mucalinda (1), and probably also with Mujalinda (q.v.).

4. Mucalinda. A lake in Himava, north of Nalicapabbata. Vessantara and his family passed it on their way to Vankagiri, which was near by (, 519, there is a description of it at and again at 539).

It seems also to have been called Sumucalinda (E.g.,

Mucalinda is one of the great lakes of Himava. D.i.164.

5. Mucalinda. One of the chief Yakkhas to be invoked by the Buddhas followers in time of need. D.iii.205.

6. Mucalinda. A mountain. Ap.ii.536 (verse 86).

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Buddhism

Mucalinda (मुचलिन्द) (son of Mahāmucala and father of Sāgara) is the name of an ancient king from the Solar dynasty (sūryavaṃśa) and a descendant of Mahāsaṃmata, according to the Mahābuddhavaṃsa or Maha Buddhavamsa (the great chronicle of Buddhas) Anudīpanī chapter 1, compiled by Ven. Mingun Sayadaw. These twenty-eight kings were of long lives of asaṅkhyeyya (asaṃkhyeya) years. The twenty-seven kings [viz., Mucalinda] after Mahāsammata were his descendants. Some of these twenty-eight kings reigned in Kusavatī City, others in Rājagaha and still others in Mithilā.

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mucalinda in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

mucalinda : (m.) the tree Barringtonia Acutangula.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mucalinda in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mucalinda (मुचलिन्द):—[varia lectio] for mucilinda q.v.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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