Vaishali, aka: Vaiśālī; 5 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Vaiśālī can be transliterated into English as Vaisali or Vaishali, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


1a) Vaiśālī (वैशाली).—Founded by king Viśāla.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 2. 33; Vāyu-purāṇa 61. 46.

1b) One of Vasudeva's queens and mother of Kauśika.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 174; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 15. 25.

1c) An Ārṣeya pravara.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 196. 8.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Vaiśālī (वैशाली):—A palace constructed by Viśāla (son of Tṛṇabindu). (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.2.33)

(Source): Wisdom Library: Hinduism

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Vaiṣālī (वैषाली) is the present-day Resarch on the Gandaki, in the district of Muzafferpur in Tirhut. Its main monastery was the Kūṭāgāraśālā “Hall of the Belvedere”, described at length in Sumaṅgala, I, p. 310; Papañca, II, p. 267. But whereas the Pāli texts locate it in the Mahāvana “Large Forest”. The Sanskrit texts place it on the Markaṭahradatīra “Shore of the Monkey Pool”.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Vaiśālī (वैशाली) is the name of a village visited by Mahāvīra during his sixth year of spiritual-exertion.—From Kūviya the Lord moved on to Vaiśālī. Gośālaka expressed desire to wander alone and gaining acceptance from Siddhārtha Deva moved towards Rājagṛha. Reaching Vaiśālī, the Lord took permission to stay in the ironsmith's workshop and meditated there. Leaving Vaiśālī, the Lord arrived in the province of Grāmaka and became meditative at the place of the Yakṣa Vibhelaka.

Vaiśālī was also visited by Mahāvīra during his tenth year of spiritual-exertion.—From Siddhārthapura, the Lord reached Vaiśālī. There outside the city he stood in meditation at a spot. Boys passing by, thinking him to be a demon started troubling him. From there the Lord reached ‘Vāṇiyagrāma’. On the way, to cross the river Gaṇḍakī, he had to sit on a boat.

Vaiśālī was also visited by Mahāvīra during his eleventh year of spiritual-exertion.—Moving from Vraja village to Ālambhiyā, Śvetāmbikā, Sāvatthī, Kauśāmbī, Rājagṛha, Vārāṇasī, Mithilā, etc, the Lord arrived at Vaiśālī. Outside the city at the Baladeva temple in the Samara garden, accepting four-months fast, he became meditative and completed the rainy season halt there.

Vaiśālī was also visited by Mahāvīra during his 2nd and 9th Year as Kevalī.

(Source): HereNow4u: Lord Śrī Mahāvīra
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

India history and geogprahy

Vaisali yielded the richest archaeological finds in Bihar. Long years of excavation have produces enough evidence to show that Vaisali flourished as a city under the Kushan. The excavation at Vaisali has brought a number of significant materials which include massive structure, defense wall, military barracks, concrete floors belonging to period III (c. A.D 100 - 300) which covers the Kushan phase at Vaisali (Sinha & Roy, 1969).

(Source): Shodhganga: New look on the kushan bengali
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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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