Silacetiya, Silācetiya, Sila-cetiya: 2 definitions


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A thupa in Anuradhapura, probably near the Thuparama (AA.i.385). The spot was sanctified by the Buddha sitting there in meditation. Mhv.i.82.

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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

Source: Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963

1) Silācetiya is the name of a thūpa built by Vaṭṭagāmaṇi Abhaya (B.C. 89-77) and forms part of the Abhayagiri-vihāra temple complex situated in Anurādhapura.—Vaṭṭagamaṇi Abhaya built the Silācetiya which forms the core of the Abhayagiri Dāgāba, the huge pile built enclosing this being the work of later hands. (According to Dr. Paranavitana). The Abhayagiri-vihāra complex (including Silācetiya) was founded in March, B.C. 89, by king Vaṭṭagāmaṇi Abhaya who demolished a Nigaṇṭha (Jain) shrine called Titthārāma, built by Paṇḍukābhaya in the 4th century B.C., and erected, on its site, a vihāra of 12 cells.

2) Silācetiya is the name of a cetiya that formed a principal part of the Cetiyapabbata Vihāra: a locality that once existed in the ancient kingdom of Anurādhapura, Ceylon (Sri Lanka).—Kuṭakaṇṇa Tissa (B.C. 44-22) built Silā Cetiya to east of the Uposatha House, and, enclosing it, Kaniṭṭha Tissa (167-186) built the Cetiyaghara or vaṭa-dā-go: Gothabhaya (249-263) restored it. In the 3rd century Habarana inscription the Agivaḍamana tank (present Hirivaḍuna tank at Habarana) was donated to Silaceta on Abatala (Ambatthala) in Cetagiri (Cetiyapabbata) Vihara.

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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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