Padivapi, aka: Padīvāpi, Padīvāpī, Padivāpi, Padi-vapi; 2 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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A tank restored by Parakkamabahu II. Cv.lxxix.34. See also Cv.Trs.ii.119, n.2.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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 geogprahy

Padivāpi is the name of a tank possibly corresponding with Dhanavāpi, built by Moggallāna II (531-551), that existed near the ancient kingdom of Anurādhapura, Ceylon (Sri Lanka).—A district named Dhanapiṭṭhi or Valpiṭa is mentioned in the reign of Datta (683-684) who built Datta-vihāra in it. Note: In a Paper in U.C.R. XVI, 70, Professor Paranavitana identifies Dhanavāpi or Danāvāva as the earlier name of Padivāpi.

The Pāli Chronicles, strangely, contain no reference to the original construction of the largest of the ancient reservoirs, Padīvāpi, now known as Padaviya: a Sinhalese Chronicle ascribes the work to Saddhā Tissa (B.C. 137-119) but it is extremely doubtful whether so large a tank could have been constructed at this early period. Parakkamabāhu I (1153-1186) restored Padīvāpi and an inscription of this king states that the length of the bund was 3,200 riyan. Nissaṅka Malla (1187-1196) decreed Padīvāpi a sanctuary for animals. The surrounding district was known as Padī-raṭṭha and was in Uttarapassa (the northern province).

Source: Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963
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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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