Nagadatta, aka: Nāgadatta; 4 Definition(s)
Nagadatta means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Nāgadatta (नागदत्त).—One of the hundred sons of Dhṛtarāṣṭra. This Nāgadatta was killed by Bhīmasena. (Mahābhārata, Drona Parva, Chapter 157, Stanza 197).Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)
1. Nagadatta Thera
He once lived in a forest tract in Kosala and was inclined to be indolent. A deva, noticing this, admonished him, and it is said that Nagadatta paid heed to the warning. S.i.200.2. Nagadatta
A deva, living, according to one account (SA.i.217), in Kelasapabbata; according to another (ThagA.i.138; AA.i.139), in Gandhamadana. Anuruddha, when residing in the Chaddantavana, used to pass by his dwelling, and the deva gave him milk rice with lotus honey. When Sivali visited Gandhamadana with five hundred monks, the deva gave them milk rice one day and clarified butter the next. When the monks inquired how he could get milk and ghee, he told them that this was the result of a gift of milk rice given by him in the time of Kassapa Buddha.Nagadatta Sutta
Records the admonition given by a deva to Nagadatta Thera (q.v.). S.i.200.Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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).
India history and geogprahy
Nāgadatta (नागदत्त) is an example of a name based on Nāga mentioned in the Gupta inscriptions. The Gupta empire (r. 3rd-century CE), founded by Śrī Gupta, covered much of ancient India and embraced the Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Derivation of personal names (eg., Nāgadatta) during the rule of the Guptas followed patterns such as tribes, places, rivers and mountains.Source: archive.org: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions
Nagadatta is mentioned in a Jain text in connection with overseas trading in ancient India.—Early Buddhist and Jain literatures corroborate this: a Jain text, for instance, refers to a merchant, Nagadatta, who travelled to Suvarnabhumi (a reference to Sumatra) with five hundred ships to conduct trade. (The number is clearly exaggerated, but not the fact of the trade connection.)Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Trade: A Survey
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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The Mahabharata - First Book (by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa)
Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
Part 1: Previous incarnations of Sanatkumāra as King Vikramayaśas and of Asitākṣa as Nāgadatta < [Chapter VII - Sanatkumāracakricaritra]
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