Velakkara, Velakkāra: 1 definition


Velakkara means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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.

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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A troop of mercenary soldiers employed by the medieval kings of Ceylon.

They revolted against Vijayabahu I., pillaged Pulatthipura, burnt down the palace, and took captive the kings sister Mitta. Vijayabahu had to flee to Vatagiri, but later he quelled the rebellion and had the ringleaders tortured to death (Cv.lx.36ff).

They revolted against Gajabahu (Cv.lxiii.24, 29) and later against Parakkamabahu I. (Cv.lxxiv.44; for details see Cv.Trs.i.217, n.5). In both cases the rebellion was crushed and the leaders punished.

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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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