Uttaralha, Uttarālha: 2 definitions


Uttaralha 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)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A dwelling house (parivena) which probably belonged to the Abhayagiri vihara. In it Sena I., while he was yet Mahadipada, built cells which bore his name (Cv.l.77). Sena II. built a pasada there (Cv.li.75; see also Cv. Trs.i.145, n.2).

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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 geography

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

Uttarālha-pariveṇa is the name of a building built by Mānavamma (684-718) and forms part of the Abhayagiri-vihāra temple complex situated in Anurādhapura.—Uttaromūla or or Uttarālha or Uturalamula-pariveṇa was a superb building erected by Mānavamma. Sena I (833-853) added a cell and Sena II (853-887) a Pāsāda. In Uttarālha was the Maṅgala or Maṅgul Piriveṇa which Mahinda IV (956-972) rebuilt. In the Velaikkāra inscription of the 12th century at Polonnaruva, the Uttorulamūla shrine is described as “the chief fane of Abhayagiri Mahāvihāra and the original depository of the Tooth and Bowl Relics”. Fa-Hsien (411-413) says that the Tooth Relic, was takenevery year to Abhayagiri and that the ceremonies continued there for 90 days: but the Relic House in his time could not have been Uttorulamūla.

The Abhayagiri-vihāra complex (including Uttarālha-pariveṇa) was founded in March, B.C. 89, by king Vaṭṭagāmaṇi Abhaya who demolished a Nigaṇṭha (Jain) shrine called Titthārāma, built by Paṇḍukābhaya in the 4th century B.C., and erected, on its site, a vihāra of 12 cells.

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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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