Vajira, aka: Vajirā; 6 Definition(s)

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Vajira means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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)

1. Vajira. A senapati of Dappula II. He built Kacchavala vihara for the Pamsukulins. Cv.xlix.80.

2. Vajira. A minister of Sena I. He built for the monks a dwelling house called Vajirasenaka. Cv.i.84.

3. Vajira. A teacher who wrote a commentary to the work of Janghadasaka. Gv.74.

4. Vajira. One of the seven Yakkhas, guardians of Jotiyas palace. He stood at the third gate and had a retinue of three thousand. DhA.iv.209.

5. Vajira. See Vajirakumari.

6. Vajira Theri. The Samyutta Nikaya (S.i.134f) relates that one day, when she was taking her siesta in Adhavana at Savatthi, Mara questioned her as to the origin of being (satta), its creator, its origin, its destiny. Vajira answers that there is no such thing as being, apart from certain conditioned factors, like a chariot, which exists only because of its parts. Mara retires discomfited.

Vajiras verses are often quoted (E.g Kvu. 240, 626; Mil. p.28; Vsm.ii.593) both in the Canon and in later works, but they are not included in the Therigatha, nor do we know anything else about her.

7. Vajira. A city in which reigned twenty six kings, descendants of Deva. The last of them was called Sadhina (Dpv.iii.20). The Mahavamsa Tika (p.128, 130) calls the city Vajiravutti. According to the Buddhavamsa (Bu.xxviii.8), the Buddhas bowl and staff were deposited, after his death, in Vajira.

8. Vajira. Wife of Sakkasenapati, the son of Kassapa V. She built a parivena, which was named after her. Cv.lii.52, 62.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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vajira : (nt.) diamond; a thunder-bolt.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

1) Vajira, 2 (m. & nt.) (cp. Sk. vajra=vajira1) a diamond A. I, 124 (°ûpamacitta)=Pug. 30; Dh. 161; J. IV, 234; Miln. 118, 267, 278; Mhvs 30, 95; KhA 110 (°saṅkhāta-kāya); DhA. I, 387 (°panti row of diamonds), 392 sq. (Page 593)

2) Vajira, 1 (cp. Vedic vajira, Indra’s thunderbolt; Idg. *ǔeĝ=Sk. vaj, cp. Lat. vegeo to thrive, vigeo›vigour; Av. vaƶra; Oicel. vakr=Ags. wacor=Ger. wacker; also E. wake etc. See also vājeti) a thunderbolt; usually with ref. to Sakka’s (=Indra’s) weapon D. I, 95=M. I, 231 (ayasa); Th. 1, 419; J. I, 134 (vajira-pūritā viya garukā kucchi “as if filled with Sakka’s thunderbolt. ” Dutoit takes it in meaning vajira2 and translates “with diamonds”); SnA 225 (°āvudha the weapon of Sakka).

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

vajīra (वजीर).—m ( A) A prime minister, a vizier. 2 The queen at chess.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vajīra (वजीर).—m A prime minister. The queen at chess.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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

Vajira (वजिर).—(= Pali id.), MIndic for Sanskrit vajra, in meaning diamond (or thunderbolt?), only in verses m.c.: vajirakāya LV 298.19; vajirasāra- Gv 56.1; 372.8.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
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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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