Veluvanavihara, Veluvaṇavihāra, Veluvana-vihara: 1 definition



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Source: Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963

1) Veluvaṇavihāra or Veluvaṇa is the name of an ancient locality that existed since the ancient kingdom of Anurādhapura, Ceylon (Sri Lanka).—Veluvaṇa-vihāra, also called Velunnā-vehera, in Gangaviṭa or Gaganāviṭa, was built by Aggabodhi II (604-614) and made over to the Sāgali sect. King Saṃghatissa defeated in battle east of Anurādhapura, went to Veluvaṇa-vihāra where he assumed a monk’s robes: he was proceeding thence to cross the Mahavali-Gaṅga and escape into Rohaṇa when he was detected and seized at Miṇṇeriya. It is clear, therefore, that Veluvaṇa-vihāra was westward of Miṇṇeriya and probably in Māṭombuva Korale. In the inscription of Mahinda IV (956-972)at Abhayagiri-vihāra, it is stated that he repaired the pāsāda at Viluvana-vihāra. Jeṭṭhatissa III (628) granted the Vihāra the village Kakkhalaviṭṭhi.

2) Veluvanavihāra or Veluvana is the name of an ancient building that once existed near Polonnaruva (Polonnaruwa), Ceylon (Sri Lanka).—Parakkamabāhu I also built:—(i) Kapila or Kapilavastu-vihāra; (ii) Dakṣiṇārāma; (iii) Pacchimārāma; (iv) the Suluvādenige of gold; (v) Purvārāma; (vi) Atubadalena-vihāra; (vii) Isipatana-vihāra in the Rājavesibhujaṅga suburb; (viii) Kusinārā-vihāra in the Sīhapura suburb; (ix) Veluvana-vihāra in the Vijita suburb; and (x) between the Palace and the 3 suburbs, at each gāvuta (about 2miles), a vihāra with Sermon and Image Houses.

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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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