Ukkacela, Ukkacelā, Ukkācelā: 2 definitions


Ukkacela means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A village in the Vajji country, on the banks of the Ganges, on the road from Rajagaha to Vesali and near the latter (UdA.322).

Once while Sariputta was staying there, the Paribbajaka Samandaka visited him and talked to him about Nibbana (S.iv.261-2). Some time later, after the death of Sariputta and Moggallana within a fortnight of each other, the Buddha came to Ukkacela on his way to Vesali and at a gathering of the monks uttered high praise of the two chief disciples and spoke of the loss the Order had sustained by their death (S.v.163f).

The Culagopalaka Sutta was also preached at Ukkacela (M.i.225).

Buddhaghosa says (MA.i.447) that when the city was being built, on the day its site was marked out, fish came ashore at night from the river, and men, noticing them, made torches (ukka) out of rags (cela), dipped them in oil, and by their light caught the fish. On account of this incident the city was called Ukkacela (v.l. Ukkacela, Ukkavela).

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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 geography

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism

Ukkācelā (उक्काचेला) is the name of an ancient locality 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).—In the Majjhima Nikāya we are told that the Buddha dwelt at Ukkācelā on the bank of the river Ganges in the Vajji country and delivered the Cūḷagopāḷaka Sutta. In the Saṁyutta we find that the Buddha stayed among the Vajjians at Ukkācelā on the river Ganges together with a great company of bhikkhus, not long after the passing away of Sāriputta and Moggallanā.

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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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