Udenacetiya, aka: Udena-cetiya; 2 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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A shrine of pre Buddhistic worship, to the east of Vesali.

It is mentioned with other shrines at Vesali -




Capala and

Bahuputta -

all of which are described as beautiful spots (D.ii.102; S.v.260; A.iv.309; see also D.iii.9).

Rhys Davids conjectures that these were probably trees or barrows (Dial.ii.110, n.1, but see Law: Geography of Early Buddhism. 74ff).

The Dhammapada Commentary (iii.246) describes the Udena and the Gotamaka shrines as rukkha cetiyas to which men pay homage in order to have their wishes fulfilled.

The Digha Commentary (ii.554; AA.ii.784; UdA.323) says that in the Buddhas time a vihara had been erected on the spot where this shrine stood and that this vihara had previously been dedicated to the Yakkha Udena.

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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India history and geogprahy

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Udenacetiya (उदेनचेतिय) is the name of a temple (cetiya) situated in Majjhimadesa (Middle Country) of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—The Buddha speaks very highly of the Cetiyas of Vesālī. They are: Udena, Gotamaka, Sattamba, Bahuputta, Sārandada and Cāpāla. In the Dīgha Nikāya we are told that to the east of Vesālī was the Udena Cetiya, to the south was the Gotamaka Cetiya, to the west was the Sattamba Cetiya, and to the north was the Bahuputta Cetiya.

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism
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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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