Upananda; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Upananda (उपनन्द).—A son of Dhṛtarāṣṭra. Bhīmasena killed him. (Mahābhārata Karṇa Parva, Chapter 51, Stanza 19).

2) Upananda (उपनन्द).—A serpent. (Mahābhārata Udyoga Parva, Chapter 103, Stanza 12).

3) Upananda (उपनन्द).—A warrior of Skanda. (Mahābhārata Śalya Parva, Chapter 45, Stanza 64).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Upananda (उपनन्द).—A son of Vasudeva and Madirā;1 went with Vṛṣṇi's host to Bāṇa's city.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 24. 48; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 171; Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 169; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 15. 23.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 63. 3.

1b) An elder gopa addressed an assembly of gopas at Bṛhadvana to leave it on account of evil portents occurring from time to time and go to Bṛṇdāvana.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 11. 22. 29.
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)

Upananda in Theravada glossary... « previous · [U] · next »

1. Upananda.-A thera. He belonged to the Sakiyan clan. Several incidents connected with him are mentioned in the Vinaya. Once he promised to spend the rainy season with Pasenadi Kosala, but on his way there he saw two lodgings where robes were plentiful and so kept Vassa in those lodgings instead. Pasenadi was greatly annoyed and when, in due course, the matter reached the ears of the Buddha, Upananda was rebuked and a set of rules was passed regarding promises made about the rainy season (Vin.i.153).

2. Upananda.-A king of fifty seven kappas ago; a previous birth of Tindukadayaka Thera. Ap.i.201.

3. Upananda.-Four Pacceka Buddhas, mentioned in the Isigili Sutta. M.iii.70.

4. Upananda.-Commander in chief of the Magadha kingdom. He was present at the conversation, recorded in the Gopaka Moggallana Sutta, between Ananda and Vassakara. M.iii.13.

5. Upananda. See Nandopananda.

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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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Upananda (उपनन्द) is the name of a Nāga king (nāgarāja), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLIX.—Accordingly, “Thus, when the Nāgarājas Nan-t’o (Nanda) and P’o-nan-t’o (Upananda), the older and the younger, wanted to destroy the city of Śrāvastī, they rained down weapons (āyudha) and poisonous snakes (āśīviṣa), but Mou-lien (Maudgalyāyana), at that time properly seated, filled space and changed the offensive weapons into perfumed flowers and necklaces (hāra)”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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