Vassavasa, Vassāvāsa, Vassa-avasa: 2 definitions


Vassavasa means something in 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.

India history and geography

Source: Shodhganga: Ajanta’s antiquity

Vassāvāsa or Varṣāvāsa (Sanskrit) is the rainy retreat season in Buddhism still followed and practised in Buddhist monasteries around the globe. it would be seen that a saṅghārāma is not just made for the purpose of varṣāvāsa, although of course, since a saṅghārāma always comprises of monastic dwelling units, in addition to stupa or Buddha temples, the saṅghārāmas became, and are still, the place where a monk’s retreat would take place. Thus, the saṅghārāmas were the places for varṣāvāsa, no doubt, but it was not the sole reason for their making, nor was it the sole purpose to which a saṅghārāma was devoted.

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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

Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vassavasa in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Vassāvāsa (ವಸ್ಸಾವಾಸ):—[noun] a staying of buddhist monks at the same place, without wander, during the rainy season.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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