Uracchada, Uracchadā, Ura-cchada: 3 definitions



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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

One of the nine daughters of King Kiki. She was born with the semblance of a necklet upon her neck and shoulders, as though drawn by a painter, hence her name, Uracchada. When sixteen years old she heard Kassapa Buddha preach, and became a Sotapanna. That same day she attained arahantship, entered the Order and passed into Nibbana (J.vi.481).

In the time of Vipassi, both Uracchada and Queen Maya (mother of Gotama Buddha) were born as the daughters of King Bandhuma. One day the king received a present of a golden wreath, worth a thousand, and a box of precious sandalwood. He gave the sandalwood to the elder daughter and the wreath to the younger. The two girls, wishing to present their gifts to the Buddha, obtained the kings consent. The elder princess powdered the sandalwood and filled a golden box with it. The younger had the wreath made into a necklet and placed it in a golden casket. They then went to the Buddha, and the elder reverently sprinkled his body with sandalwood and scattered it in his cell with the prayer, May I, in time to come, be the mother of a Buddha like you. The younger reverently placed the necklet on the Buddha and prayed, Until I attain arahantship, may this ornament never part from my body. (J.vi.481)

According to the Vimanavatthu Commentary (pp. 270f), Uracchadas name was Uracchadamala and her teacher was a brahmin named Gopala, who was also present when the Buddha preached to Uracchadamala. But he did not acquire any special attainments.

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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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Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

uracchada : (m.) breast-plate.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Uracchada refers to: “breast cover”, breast plate (for ornament) Vin. II, 10; J. IV, 3; V, 215, 409; VI, 480; ThA. 253.

Note: uracchada is a Pali compound consisting of the words ura and cchada.

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context information

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.

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