Vesakha, Vesākha: 3 definitions


Vesakha 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

The month of April May.

Tradition says that the Buddhas birth, Enlightenment and death, took place on the full moon day of Vesakha (E.g., J.i.; BuA.248; Mhv.iii.2).

The Vesakha puja was always celebrated by the kings of Ceylon (See, e.g., Mhv.xxxii.35; xxxv.100; The full moon day of Vesakha was chosen for very solemn undertakings, such as the crowning of Devanampiyatissa (Mhv.xi.42), the laying of the Foundation Stone of the Maha Thupa (Mhv.xxix.1), etc.

context information

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

Vesākha, (cp. Vedic vaiśākha) N. of a month (April-May) Mhvs 1, 73; 29, 1. (Page 650)

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

vesākha : (m.) name of a month, April-May.

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context information

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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