Nagavana, aka: Naga-vana, Nāgavana; 8 Definition(s)
Nagavana means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi. 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)
Nāgavana (नागवन).—East of Añjana; otherwise Ekamūla; also between the Vindhyas and the Ganges; also the country of Karūṣas.*
- * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 238.
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.
Katha (narrative stories)
Nāgavana (नागवन) is the name of a garden according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 34. Accordingly, “now once on a time the prince, with his ministers, and accompanied by his beloved, went on a pilgrimage to a garden called Nāgavana. There a certain merchant’s wife fell in love with Gomukha, and being repulsed, tried to kill him by offering to him a poisoned drink”.
The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Nāgavana, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)
A pleasance near Hatthigama, belonging to Uggagahapati. It was there that he first met the Buddha and was converted. A.iv.213; AA.ii.782.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
Nāga-vana.—(IE 8-4), an elephant-forest. Note: nāga-vana is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
Nāgavana (नागवन) is the name of a forest situated in Majjhimadesa (Middle Country) of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—Nāgavana is in the Vajji countries and is near Hatthigāma.Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism
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.
Languages of India and abroad
nāgavana : (nt.) an iron-wood grove or a forest where there are elephants.Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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.
nāgavaṇa (नागवण).—f nāgavaṇūka f (nāgaviṇēṃ) Plundering, spoiling, stripping, pilling. v ghē, ghāla. 2 Plundered state.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
nāgavaṇa (नागवण).—f nāgavaṇūka f Plundering, spoiling. Plundered state.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.
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The Great Chronicle of Buddhas (by Ven. Mingun Sayadaw)
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Kathasaritsagara (the Ocean of Story) (by Somadeva)