Payaga, Payagapatitthana, Payagatittha, Payāga, Payāgatittha, Payāgapatitthāna, Pāyāgā: 2 definitions

Introduction:

Payaga means something in Buddhism, Pali, Jainism, Prakrit. 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. Payaga: A class of Nagas (D.ii.258). The Commentary explains (DA.ii.688) that they lived in Payagapatitthana.

2. A ford on the Ganges, on the direct route from Veranja to Benares, the road passing through Soreyya, Sankassa and Kannakujja, and crossing the Ganges at Payaga (Vin.iii.11).

It was one of the river ghats where people did ceremonial bathing to wash away their sins (M.i.39; J.vi.198). It was here that the palace occupied by Mahapanada was submerged. The Buddha passed it when visiting the brahmin Nanduttara, and Bhaddaji, who was with him, raised the palace once more above the water. Bhaddaji had once been Mahapanada (Mhv.xxxi.6ff).

Buddhaghosa says (MA.i.145; DA.iii.856) the bathing place was on the spot where the palace stairs had stood. Reference is made to Payaga even in the time of Padumuttara Buddha (AA.i.126).

It is identified with the modern Allahabad, at the confluence of the Ganga and the Yamuna.

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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Languages of India and abroad

Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

1) Payāga (पयाग) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Prayāga.

2) Pāyaga (पायग) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Pātaka.

context information

Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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