Rajasiha, Rājasīha: 1 definition


Rajasiha means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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. Rajasiha I.

King of Ceylon (1581 93 A.C.). He was the son of Mayadhanu. It is said that at the age of eleven he was distinguished for his bravery. He gained the throne by defeating the Portuguese. His capital was at Sitavaka. Later, he slew his father, and, when the monks declared that it was impossible to atone for such a heinous crime, he turned against them, gave the revenues from Sumanakuta to the Saivite priests, slew the monks, and burned their sacred books. Cv.xciii.3ff.; he was held in great fear and is now worshipped as a god; Cv. Trs.ii.226, n.1.

2. Rajasiha II.

Youngest son of King Senaratua. He dispossessed his brother and became king; many stories of his prowess are related. (E.g., Cv.xcvi.7ff). He reigned for fifty two years (1635 87 A.C.), and his capital was at Sirivaddhanapura. He obtained wives from the royal family at Madhura. In his time, the Dutch came to Ceylon and exacted tribute. His son was Vimaladhammasuriya. Cv.xcv.23; xcvi.3ff.; xcix.109.

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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