Shakula, aka: Śakula, Sakula, Sakulā, Sākulā, Śākula, Sākula; 5 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Śakula and Śākula can be transliterated into English as Sakula or Shakula, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

General definition (in Hinduism)

Śakula (शकुल) in the later Saṃhitās denotes an unknown species of fish.

Source: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

1. Sakula Theri. She belonged to a brahmin family of Savatthi and became a believer on seeing the Buddha accept Jetavana. Later, she heard an arahant monk preach, and, being agitated in mind, joined the Order. Having developed insight, she won arahantship. Afterwards the Buddha declared her foremost among nuns in dibbacakkhu (A.i.25).

In the time of Padumuttara Buddha she was Nanda, daughter of King Ananda, and, therefore, half sister of the Buddha. One day she heard the Buddha declare a nun chief among possessors of the heavenly eye and herself wished for similar honour. In the time of Kassapa Buddha she was a brahminee and later became a Paribbajika. One day she offered alms at the Buddhas thupa and kept a lamp burning there all night. She was then reborn in Tavatimsa. Thig. vss.98 101; ThigA.91f.; Ap.ii.569f.; AA.i.199f.

2. Sakula. Sister of Soma. They were both wives of Pasenadi and followers of the Buddha. Once, when Pasenadi was staying at Ujjunna, he went to see the Buddha, and carried to him the greetings of the two queens. M.ii.125f.; MA.ii.757.

3. A tribe mentioned in a nominal list. Ap.ii.358.

4. A city in Mahimsakarattha. J.v.337.

5. A king of Sakula. See the Cullahamsa Jataka. He is identified with Sariputta. J.v.337, 353.

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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Sakula, (cp. Epic Sk. śakula) a kind of fish J. V, 405. (Page 660)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śakula (शकुल).—mf. (-laḥ-lī) A kind of fish. “śīla”. E. śak to be able, aff. ulac .

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Sakula (सकुल).—mfn.

(-laḥ-lā-laṃ) 1. Belonging to a noble family. 2. Belonging the same family. m.

(-laḥ) 1. A Kinsman. 2. A sort of fish; also śakula. E. sa with, kula a family.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. 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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