Odanta, Odaṇṭa: 1 definition

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Odanta means something in 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.

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Source: archive.org: Viharas In Ancient India

Odanta refers to “flying over”, according to Tārānātha (in his dGos-'ded-Kun-'byun).—Accordingly, regarding the miraculous origin of the monastery at Odantapurī: “[...] (Narada) flew to heaven with the sword. And the Upāsaka, with the Vetala’s gold built the colossal temple of Odantapurī (Odanta means ‘flying over’); for the Upāsaka flew in the sky over Sumeru along with its four dvīpas and saw these with his own eyes. That is why, he built the temple (Odantapurī) in its model (i.e. in the model of Sumeru along with its four Dvīpas). And the Upāsaka’s name became Unna Upāsaka. [...]”.

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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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