Uddandapura, Uddanda-pura, Uddaṇḍapura: 3 definitions


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Source: Wikipedia: India History

Uddandapura (or Odantapuri, Odantapura) was a prominent Buddhist Mahavihara in what is now Bihar Sharif in Bihar, India. It is believed to have been established by the Pala ruler Gopala I in the 8th century. It is considered the second oldest of India's Mahaviharas after Nalanda and was situated in Magadha. Inscriptional evidence also indicates that the Mahavihara was supported by local Buddhist kings like the Pithipatis of Bodh Gaya

Source: Wikisource: The Palas of Bengal

Uddaṇḍapura (उद्दण्डपुर) is the ancient name of the modern town of Bihar. It is mentioned as Adwand Bihar in the Ṭabaqāt-i-Nās̤iri of Minḥāj-ud-dīn and as Uddaṇḍapura in another mediæval inscription in the town of the Gaya in Bengal. The Tibetan historian Lama Tārānātha mentions it as Otantapura, which is the nearest approach to the Sanskrit Uddaṇḍapura.

Source: academia.edu: Tilopā: A Buddhist Yogin of the Tenth Century

Uddaṇḍapura (उद्दण्डपुर) is commonly known through the Tibetan rendering as Odantapuri.—The Indian toponym Uddaṇḍapura is attested in a pedestal inscription found at Bihar Sharif, the headquarters of the Nālandā District in the state of Bihar. Since Tāranātha confuses the order of the Pāla kings, as known from epigraphy, we cannot rely on his information about the foundation of the Mahāvihāra. In this case, the Chos ’byung completed in 1322 by Bu ston Rin chen grub (1290–1364), although it ascribes the foundation of Nālandā to Gopāla, is more reliable than Tāranātha. The latter in fact, not only ascribes the establishment of Nālanda to Gopāla after his conquest of Magadha, but also it would have been the Nālandā Mahāvihāra to have been built near Uddaṇḍapura. In this confusion, at least, Bu ston’s account of Gopāla is correctly followed by the one of Dharmapāla, with a fascinating legend focussed on the latter’s magic birth and foundation of the Uddaṇḍapura Mahāvihāra. [...]

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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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