Silamegha, Silāmegha: 2 definitions


Silamegha means something in Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India. 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. Silamegha. A nunnery (MT.117; Cv.xlviii.139), restored by the queen of Udaya I. Cv.xlix.25.

2. Silamegha. A surname of Aggabodhi VI. (Cv.xlviii. 42, 76, 90) and of Sena I. (Cv.l.43).

3. Silamegha. A Damila chief, also called Silameghara; he was an ally of Kulasekhara. Cv.lxxvi. 98, 238, etc.

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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India history and geogprahy

Source: Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963

Silāmegha is the name of a convent (monastary for bhikkuṇis) building in the Citadel (inner city) of Anurādhapura.—The Silāmegha home for bhikkhuṇis, in which Mahinda II (777-797) placed a Bodhisatta Image of silver. Udaya I (797-801) restored it. The cital (inner city) of Anurādhapura was included in Paṇḍukābhaya’s 4th-century layout of this town and featured gates on the cardinal faces. The town also included buildings such as the Silāmegha.

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context information

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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