Suyama, aka: Suyāma, Suyamā, Su-yama; 4 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Purana

[Suyama in Purana glossaries]

Suyama (सुयम).—Third son of the Rākṣasa called Śataśṛṅga. Sudeva, the army-chief of King Ambarīṣa, killed Suyama. (Mahābhārata Southern text, Śānti Parva, Chapter 98).

(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Suyama (सुयम).—Sons of Suyajña, an avatār of Hari.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa II. 7. 2.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Suyama in Theravada glossaries]

1. Suyama. One of the eight brahmins consulted at the birth of the Buddha to predict his future. J.i.56; Mil.236.

2. Suyama. A devaputta, chief of the Yama devas (A.iv.242; D.i.217). The courtesan, Sirima, was reborn after death, as the wife of Suyama (SNA.i.244). When the Buddha descended from the deva world to earth, at Sankassa, Suyama accompanied him, holding a yaks tail fan (valavijana). DhA.iii.226; Vsm.392; cf. BuA.239; J.i.48, 53; Mhv.xxxi.78.

3. Suyama. A king of Benares, son of Puthuvindhara. His son was Kiki Brahmadatta. ThagA.i.151.

4. Suyama (Suyamana) Thera. He belonged to a brahmin family of Vesali and was expert in the three Vedas. He saw and heard the Buddha at Vesali, and, having entered the Order, attained arahantship while his head was being shaved.

Ninety one kappas ago he was a brahmin of Dhannavati, and, having invited Vipassi Buddha to his house, gave him a seat spread with flowers. He was once a king, called Varadassana (Thag.74; ThagA.i.165f). He is evidently identical with Kusumasaniya of the Apadana. Ap.i.160.

(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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