Ubbari, Ubbarī: 3 definitions



Ubbari means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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. Ubbari - A princess. In the time of Kakusandha she was a hen. Having heard a monk repeat a formula of meditation, she was born as a royal princess and named Ubbari. Seeing a heap of maggots in the privy, she meditated thereon and entered the first jhana and was born in the Brahma world. In the time of Gotama Buddha she was reborn as a sow in Rajagaha, and the Buddha, seeing her, smiled and related her past to Ananda. Later she was born in the royal household in Suvannabhumi, then, in succession, in a horse dealers house in Supparaka and in a mariners household in Kavira. Then she was reborn in a noblemans house in Anuradhapura, and again in the village of Bokkanta in South Ceylon, as the daughter of a householder named Sumana. She was called Sumana, after her father. When her father moved to the village of Mahamuni in Dighavapi, Lakuntaka Atimbam, prime minister of Dutthagamani, met her and married her, and she went to live in Mahapunna.

Having recollected her past births from some words uttered by the Elder Anula of Kotipabbata, she joined the Order of Pancabalaka nuns. At Tissamaharama she heard the Maha Satipatthana Sutta and became a Sotapanna. Later, having heard the Asivisopama Sutta in Kallaka Mahavihara, she attained arahantship. On the day of her death she related her story, first to the nuns and then in the assembly, in the presence of the Elder Maha Tissa of Mandalarama. DhA.iv.46ff.

2. Ubbari - The wife of Culani Brahmadatta, king of Kapila in the Pancala kingdom. She was a daughter of a poor woman in the village, and the king met her while on his wanderings disguised as a tailor, which disguise he assumed in order to find out news of the people for himself. She was given the name Ubbari on the day of her marriage, and Culani made her his chief queen. When the king died, she went to the cemetery day after day, lamenting for her dead husband and refusing to be comforted. One day the Bodhisatta, who was an ascetic in Himava, noticed her with his divine eye and appeared before her. Having heard her story, he pointed out to her that eighty six thousand kings of Pancala, all bearing the name of Culani Brahmadatta, had been burnt in that very spot and that she had been the queen of them all. Thereupon, Ubbari abandoned her grief and renounced the world. She developed thoughts of loving kindness and in due course was reborn in the Brahma world (Pv.32; PvA.160-8).

She is probably to be identified with the queen of Culani Brahmadatta, king of Pancala, mentioned in the Maha Ummagga Jataka (J.vi.473, 475), in which case her original name was Nanda devi. According to the scholiast (J.vi.473), Ubbari is not a proper name but means any women of the court (orodha).

3. Ubbari - Queen Consort of Assaka, king of Potali in the Kasi kingdom. She was extremely beautiful and,

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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

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Ubbarī, (f.) (Sk. urvarā, Av. urvara plant) fertile soil, sown field; fig. woman, wife J VI 473 (= orodha C.). (Page 153)

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Ubbari (ಉಬ್ಬರಿ):—[verb] = ಉಬ್ಬರಂಬರಿ [ubbarambari].

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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