Upasika, Upāsikā: 5 definitions
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India history and geographySource: archive.org: Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963
Upāsikā is the name of a convent (monastary for bhikkuṇis) built by Devānaṃpiya Tissa (B.C. 247-207) in the Citadel (inner city) of Anurādhapura.—In the Upāsikā complex were 12 buildings, in three of which were housed the mast, rudder and helm of the ship which brought the Bodhi Tree. The cital (inner city) of Anurādhapura was included in Paṇḍukābhaya’s 4th-century layout of this town and featured gates on the cardinal faces. The town also included buildings such as the Upāsikā.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
Upāsikā.—(CII 3, 4), feminine form of Upāsaka (q. v.); a female lay-follower of the Buddha. Note: upāsikā is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.
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.
Languages of India and abroad
Pali-English dictionarySource: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
Upāsikā, see upāsaka; cp. payir°. (Page 150)Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
upāsikā : (f.) a female devotee.
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.
Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Upāsikā (उपासिका):—[from upāsaka > upās] f. a lay female votary of Buddha (as distinguished from a Bhikṣuṇī q.v.)
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.
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Full-text (+24): Upasaka, Maha-upasika, Parama-upasika, Manuja, Prabhuta, Nidda, Mahagana, Fourfold Assembly, Supabba, Culagana, Prakata, Putta Sutta, Bojjha, Sirivaddha Pasada, Parinirvana, Suppavasa Sutta, Sutanu, Ayyamitta, Cundi, Vishnudatta.
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