Vepulla: 4 definitions


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

The highest of the five mountains surrounding Rajagaha (S.i.67).

In the time of Kakusandha Buddha, the mountain was called Pacinavamsa in the time of Konagamana, Vankaka while in that of Kassapa Buddha, it was Supassa

The people living near it were called, respectively, Tivaras, Rohitassas and Suppiyas. The mountain has diminished in size, for the Tivaras, who lived for forty thousand years, took four days to climb it and four to descend; the Rohitassas lived for thirty thousand years and took three days each way; while the Suppiyas, with a life span of twenty thousand years, did the journey there and back in four days. In the present age, the Magadhans, who lived for about one hundred years, could both climb and descend the mountain in very little time (S.ii.190f).

Vepulla was the abode of the Yakkha Kumbhira and his one hundred thousand followers (D.ii.257).

According to the Dummedha Jataka (J.i.445) it was possible for an elephant to climb to the top of Vepulla. From Vepulla, the Cakkavatti gets his cakka ratana (KhpA.p.173; J.iv.232), and it was this gem which Punnaka obtained from the mountain to be offered as stake in his game of dice with Dhananjaya Koravya., 272, 326.

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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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India history and geography

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism

Vepulla (वेपुल्ल) refers to one of the five mountains encircling Girivraja or Giribbaja: an ancient capital of Magadha, one of the sixteen Mahājanapadas of the Majjhimadesa (Middle Country) of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—Early Pāli literature abounds in information about the Magadha country, its people, and its ancient capital Giribbaja. Magadha roughly corresponds to the modern Patna and Gayā districts of Bihar. The Mahābhārata seems to record that Girivraja was also called Bārhadrathapura as well as Māgadhapura and that Māgadhapura was a well-fortified city being protected by five hills. Other names recorded in the Mahābhārata are Varāha, Vrishabha, Rishigiri, and Caityaka. The statement of the Mahābhārata that Girivraja was protected by five hills is strikingly confirmed by the Vimānavatthu Commentary in which we read that the city of Giribbaja was encircled by the mountains Isigili, Vepulla, Vebhara, Paṇḍava and Gijjhakūṭa.

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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

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vepulla in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

vepulla : (nt.) full development; abundance.

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

Vepulla, (nt.) (fr. vipula) full development, abundance, plenty, fullness D. III, 70, 221, 285; S. III, 53; A. I, 94 (āmisa°, dhamma°); III, 8, 404; V, 152 sq. 350 sq.; Miln. 33, 251; Vism. 212 (saddhā°, sati°, paññā°, puñña°), 619; DhA. I, 262 (sati°); VbhA. 290.—Often in phrase vuḍḍhi virūḷhi vepulla (see vuḍḍhi), e.g. Vin. I, 60; It. 113. Cp. vetulla. (Page 649)

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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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