Nagarahara, Nagarahāra: 5 definitions



Nagarahara 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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Nagarahara in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Nagarahāra (नगरहार).—The offering of the future Śākyamuni to the Buddha Dīpaṃkara took place in Nagarahāra, a city of the Lampaka, corresponding to the present Jelal-Ābād. The place was visited by Fa hien and by Hiuan tsang.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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General definition (in Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Nagarahara in Buddhism glossary
Source: eScholarship: Meditation, Repentance, and Visionary Experience in Early Medieval Chinese Buddhism

Nagarahāra (नगरहार).—The “cave of the Buddha’s shadow” (佛影窟), a pilgrimage site in the mountains around Nagarahāra (modern Jalalabad, Afghanistan) where the Buddha supposedly left his “shadow” on the wall of a cave, said to appear to devotees on certain occasions. First mentioned in Kumārajīva’s translation of the Treatise on Great Wisdom, the “cave of the Buddha’s shadow” was visited by numerous Chinese Buddhist pilgrims to India, and Huiyuan of Mt. Lu even supposedly constructed a replica of this cave, though what precisely this was is not clear (Rhie 2002, 113–137; Murata 2009).

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Nagarahāra (नगरहार):—[=nagara-hāra] [from nagara] ‘t°-taking’, Name of a kingdom, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Nagarahāra (नगरहार):—(na + hāra) Nomen proprium eines Reiches [Hiouen-Thsang I, 96. II, 302. fgg.] [Lassen’s Indische Alterthumskunde III, 137, Nalopākhyāna 5.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Nagarahāra (नगरहार):—Nomen proprium eines Reiches.

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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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