Uttaradesa, Uttaradesha, Uttara-desha: 4 definitions


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A province of Ceylon, probably to the north of Anuradhapura. It was often occupied by the Tamils, and its chiefs refused to acknowledge allegiance to the Sinhalese kings. Its people had to be subdued from time to time by the Sinhalese kings, in order to establish the peace of the land and the security of the throne (See, e.g., Cv.xliv.71; xlvii.3, 54; xlviii.83-4, 95, 112).

The district formed a convenient landing place for invaders coming to Ceylon from India, where they might complete their preparations (E.g., Cv.i.14). It is sometimes called Uttararattha, E.g., Cv.ixx.92.

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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

Uttaradesa represents one of the four original divisions of Anurādhapura. Uttarapassa or or Uttararaṭṭha (in inscriptions, Uturapasa, Uturpasa and Uturukarā) represents the northern division, which began about 10 miles north of Anurādhapura and extended to the north-west, north and north-east coasts.

Anurādhapura was first founded as a village settlement in the second half of the 6th century B.C. by a Minister named Anurādha of the first, traditional King, Vijaya. The original kingdom of Anurādhapura extended over the entire northern and north-central plain. It was divided into four main divisions (eg., Uttaradesa), named after the four cardinal directions, and this nomenclature persisted long after the whole of Ceylon had been united as one kingdom in B.C. 161.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

uttaradēśa (उत्तरदेश).—m The country extending from the eastern to the western sea, and bounded on the north and south by the Himalaya and Windhya mountains.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Uttaradeśa (उत्तरदेश).—the country towards the north.

Derivable forms: uttaradeśaḥ (उत्तरदेशः).

Uttaradeśa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms uttara and deśa (देश).

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. 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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