Nammada, Nammadā: 3 definitions


Nammada means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Nammada

A river in India, (J.ii.314; iv.392,397) the modern Nerbudda. It was regarded as the boundary between Uttarapatha and Dakkhinapatha. There the Buddha left his footprint to be worshipped by the Nagas. This footprint is covered by high tide but visible at low tide. MA.ii.1018; for details see Punna.

2. Nammada

A Naga king who dwelt in the river Nammada. When the Buddha returned after his visit to Punna (q.v.) and reached the Nammada river, the Naga king invited the Buddha to his abode and there showed the Buddha and his monks great honour. At the Nagas request, the Buddha left his footprint on the bank of the river for the Nagas to worship. MA.ii.1018; SA.iii.18.

3. Nammada

A canal flowing from the Punnavaddhana tank through the Jetavana vihara in Pulatthipura. Cv.lxxix.48.

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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 geography

Source: Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963

Nammadā is one of the twenty canal-systems associated with Parakkamasamudda waters that existed in the Polonnaruva (Polonnaruwa) district of Ceylon (Sri Lanka).—The Pūjāvaliya gives the name Mahāsamudra to the Parakkamasamudda at Polonnaruva. The canal system associated with Parakkamasamudda is described and named in the Cūlavamsa as follows:—[...] Nammadā canal, which branched off by the corner of the Jetavana-vihāra; [...].

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

nammadā : (f.) name of an Indian river.

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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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