Upatissagama, Upatissa-gama, Upatissagāma: 3 definitions


Upatissagama 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)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Upatissagama - A brahmin village near Rajagaha. It was the birthplace of Sariputta (ThagA.ii.93; DhA.i.73). Its real name was Nalaka (q.v.), but it was called Upatissagama, evidently because its chieftains belonged to the Upatissa clan. It is probable that Sariputtas father, who was head of the village (gamasami), was also called Upatissa. See SnA.i.326.

2. Upatissagama (sometimes called Upatissanagara) - The settlement founded by Vijayas chaplain, Upatissa, on the banks of the Gambhira nadi, about seven miles to the north of Anuradhapura (Mhv.vii.44; Mhv.Trs.58, n.4; Dpv.ix.36; x.5). It was the seat of government till Anuradhapura became the capital (See, e.g., Mhv.viii.4; x.48). Soon after Mahindas arrival in Ceylon many young men joined the Order, and among them there were five hundred from Upatissagama (Mhv.xvii.60).

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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

Source: archive.org: Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963

Upatissagāma is the name of a settlement that existed in the ancient kingdom of Anurādhapura, Ceylon (Sri Lanka).—Upatissagāma or Upatissanagara was a settlement on the Gambhīra river, 1 yojana (8 to 12 miles) north of Anurādhapura, founded by Vijaya's Minister, Upatissa, according to tradition, in the 6th century B.C.: it was in Ālsara and a prosperous market-town.

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism

Upatissagāma (उपतिस्सगाम) or Upatissa 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).—The village of Upatissa was not far off from Rājagaha.

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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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