Simhabahu, Siṃhabāhu: 2 definitions



Simhabahu means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

India history and geography

Source: The Chronological History of Ancient Sri Lanka

Mahavamsa and Dipavamsa are the earliest extant chronicles of Sri Lanka. According to these chronicles, Simhabahu was the father of King Vijaya. Susima, the mother of Simhabahu belonged to the Vanga-desa whereas the father of Simhabahu belonged to the Lāta-desa (Lāla rattha?). Simhabahu became the king of Lāta country and built a city named Simhapura. Vijaya and Sumitta were the sons of Simhabahu. Vijaya and his 700 followers were of evil conduct. King Simhabahu ordered to put them on ship and sent them forth upon the sea.

Most probably, Simhabahu built his capital Simhapura close to modern Girnar city of Gujarat. Girnar was known as Raivata or Urjayanta in ancient times. The lion (Simha) of Girnar became the symbol of the royal power of Simhabahu.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Simhabahu in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Siṃhabāhu (सिंहबाहु):—[=siṃha-bāhu] [from siṃha] m. Name of the father of Vijaya (the founder of the first Buddhist dynasty in Ceylon), [Buddhist literature]

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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 (even English!). 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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