Padumavati, Padumavatī, Padumāvatī: 2 definitions


Padumavati 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

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Padumavati in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Padumavati

Mother of five hundred Pacceka Buddhas. She was once a householders daughter in a village near Benares; one day, while guarding her fathers field, she saw a Pacceka Buddha, and gave him a lotus with five hundred grains of fried rice (laja), making a wish to have five hundred sons. At that moment, five hundred hunters who stood by gave honey and flesh to the Pacceka Buddha and expressed their wish to be her sons. Later, she was born in a lotus pond, within a lotus. An ascetic, seeing her, brought her up. Wherever she went, lotuses sprang up at her every footstep. The King of Benares, hearing of her made her his chief consort. She gave birth to five hundred sons, the eldest being Mahapaduma. All of them became Pacceka Buddhas (MA.ii.889).

The Anguttara Nikaya Commentary mentions that Padumavati was a previous birth of the Theri Uppalavanna, and gives her story with much greater detail (i.188ff.; see s.v. Uppalavanna, also ThigA.185ff).

2. Padumavati

A courtesan of Ujjeni, who later became the Theri Abhayamata.

context information

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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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Padumāvatī (पदुमावती) refers to one of the female Śrāvakas mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Padumāvatī).

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context information

Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Padumavati in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Padumāvatī (पदुमावती) or Padmāvatī.—(1) name of a girl of miraculous birth who became the wife of King Brahmadatta of Kāmpilya; heroine of the ‘Pad(u)māvatī parikalpa’ (colophon Mahāvastu iii.170.10): Mahāvastu iii.155.7 ff. (mss. vary between Padumā° and Padmā°, Senart prints the former); (2) name of a devaku- mārikā in the northern quarter: Mahāvastu iii.309.8 (Padumā°) = Lalitavistara 391.3 (Padmā°, meter rectified by a ‘patch-word’), verse; (3) name of a wife of King Aśoka, mother of Kunāla: Divyāvadāna 405.17.

context information

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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