Videha, aka: Videhā; 15 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Videha (विदेह) is the name of a country pertaining to the Oḍramāgadhī local usage (pravṛtti) according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 14. These pravṛttis provide information regarding costumes, languages, and manners in different countries of the world. It is mentioned that this local usage (adopted by these countries) depends on the verbal style (bhāratī) and the graceful style (kaiśikī).

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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1) Videha (विदेह).—Another name of emperor Nimi. (See under Janaka.

2) Videha (विदेह).—The kingdom of Mithilā. This country which lies on the North East part of India was ruled by Kṣatriya kings of the dynasty of Videha. It is stated in Mahābhārata, Sabhā Parva, Chapter 29, that Bhīmasena had during his eastern regional conquest, conquered this country. About this kingdom which is the native country of Sītā, the following information is available in Mahābhārata.

2) (i) The hermitage of Paraśurāma was on the North of Videha. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 130, Stanza 13).

2) (ii) The army of Videha attacked Arjuna in the battle of Bhārata. (Mahābhārata Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 117, Stanza 32).

2) (iii) Karṇa defeated the Kṣatriya princes of the country of Janaka. (Mahābhārata Droṇa Parva, Chapter 4, Stanza 6).

2) (iv) Paraśurāma cut the Kṣatriyas of this country into pieces with his sharp arrows. (Mahābhārata Droṇa Parva, Chapter 70, Stanza 11).

2) (v) This country had been giving tribute to Karṇa. (Mahābhārata Karṇa Parva, Chapter 9, Stanza 33).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Videha (विदेह).—(c) kingdom to which the Yadus migrated. Its king was stationed by Jarāsandha on the western gate during the siege of Gomanta. The capital went by the same name, and here lived a prostitute Piṅgalā (s.v.) by name.1 An eastern country;2 Parigha and Hari viceroys over.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 2. 3; 52. 11 [11]; 57. 24; 86. 14; XI. 8. 22; Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 123.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 54; Matsya-purāṇa 114. 45.
  • 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 95. 28.

1b) A name of Janaka. He had realised the Yoga power of Hari.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XI. 2. 14; II. 7. 44.

1c) A name of Nimi.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 5. 8.

1d) An eastern tribe;1 the kingdom of Janaka.2

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 163. 67.
  • 2) Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 18. 90.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Kavya (poetry)

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Videha (विदेह) is the name a locality mentioned in Rājaśekhara’s 10th-century Kāvyamīmāṃsā.—It is Tirhut or Tirabhukti.

Source: Shodhganga: The Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara
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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Videha was an ancient Indian kingdom, located in what is now southern Nepal and the northern Indian state of Bihar. During the late Vedic period (c.850-500 BCE), it became a dominant political and cultural centre of South Asia. The capital of Videha was Mithila, identified with the modern town of Janakpur in Southern Nepal.

Late Vedic literature such as the Shatapatha Brahmana and the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad both mention Janaka (c. 7th century BCE) as a great philosopher-king of Videha, renowned for his patronage of Vedic culture and philosophy, and whose court was an intellectual centre for Brahmin sages such as Yajnavalkya.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Videha (विदेह).—The kingdom of Mithilā in India ruled by King Nimi.

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

1. Videha. A setthi in the time of Padumuttara Buddha. He was a previous birth of Maha Kassapa. His wife was Bhadda Kapilani in this age. Ap.ii.578.

2. Videha, Videha. A country and its people. At the time of the Buddha, Videha formed one of the two important principalities of the Vajjian confederacy. Its capital was Mithila. The kingdom bordered on the Ganges, on one side of which was Magadha and on the other Videha (See, e.g., M.i.225; MA.i.448). Adjacent to it were Kasi and Kosala. In the Gandhara Jataka (J.iii.365; iv. 316) the kingdom of Videha is said to have been three hundred leagues in extent, with sixteen thousand villages, well filled storehouses and sixteen thousand dancing girls. Videha was a great trade centre, and mention is made (PvA.227) of merchants coming from Savatthi to sell their wares in Videha.

The Suruci Jataka seems to show that a close connection existed between Videha and Benares. In the Buddhas time, one of Bimbisaras queens was probably from Videha (see Vedehiputta). Mention is also made (MA.i.534) of a friendship existing between the kings of Gandhara and Videha. In earlier times Videha was evidently a kingdom, its best known kings being Mahajanaka and Nimi; but in the Buddhas time it was a republic, part of the Vajjian federation. According to the Mahagovinda Sutta (D.ii.235), it was King Renu who, with the help of Mahagovinda Jotipala, founded the Videha kingdom. The Commentaries (E.g., DA.ii.482; MA.i.184) state that Videha was colonized by the inhabitants, who were brought from Pubbavideha by King Mandhata.

The Satapatha Brahmana (I.iv.1), however, ascribes the kingdom to Mathava the Videgha, and gives as its boundaries Kausiki in the east, the Ganges to the south, the Sadarura in the west, and the Himalaya in the north. In the centre of Videha was Pabbatarattha, in which was the city Dhammakonda, the residence of Dhaniya. (SNA.i.26).

The strainer used by the Buddha was honoured, after his death, by the people of Videha (Bu.xxviii.11).

Uruvela Kassapa was, in a previous birth, king of Videha (Ap.ii.483).

3. Videha. The name of a king of Videha, the father of the Bodhisatta in the Vinilaka Jataka (q.v.). v.l. Vedeha.

4. Videha. A king of Videha who later became an ascetic. For his story see the Gandhara Jataka. He is identified with Ananda. v.l. Vedeha. J.iii.369.

5. Videha. See Vedeha.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

1) Videha (विदेह).—One of the seven regions (kṣetra) of Jambūdvīpa according to Jaina cosmology. Jambūdvīpa sits at the centre of madhyaloka (‘middle world’) is the most important of all continents and it is here where human beings reside. In Videha flows the twin rivers Sitā and Sitodā.

2) Videha (विदेह) refers to a class of piśāca deities according to the Śvetāmbara tradition of Jainism, while Digambara does not recognize this class. The piśācas refer to a category of vyantaras gods which represents one of the four classes of celestial beings (devas).

The deities such as the Videhas are defined in ancient Jain cosmological texts such as the Saṃgrahaṇīratna in the Śvetāmbara tradition or the Tiloyapaṇṇati by Yativṛṣabha (5th century) in the Digambara tradition.

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Videha (विदेह) is the name of a country visited by Mahāvīra during his 2nd Year as Kevalī.—Completing the rainy period stay at Rājagṛha, the Lord moved towards Videha. He arrived at ‘Brāhmaṇakuṇḍa’ and stayed at Bahuśāla-caitya. Scholar Ṛṣabhadatta had come to pay respects with his wife Devānandā. Seeing the Lord, Devānandā’s heart was filled with love.

Source: HereNow4u: Lord Śrī Mahāvīra

Videha (विदेह) or Videhavarṣa refers to a region of Jambūdvīpa: the first continent of the Madhya-loka (middle-word), according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 3.10. The human beings from this region can attain the relm of siddha (without body or videha). Hence it is called Videhakṣetra. It is possible as the region always has the time of 4th time epoch existent. The mountain chain Niṣadha separates the Harivarṣa and Videha regions. The mountain chain Nīla separates the Videha and Ramyaka regions. Sītā and Sītodā rivers divide Videha-kṣetra. The life span of inhabitants in Videha region is numerable years. There height is 500 bows and they take food once a day.

Bharata, Airāvata and Videha except Uttarakuru and Devakuru are the regions of labour i.e. where spiritual effort is possible also. There are 15 regions of labour in the Two-and-half continents (dhāi-dvīpa) namely; five in Bharata, five in Airāvata and five in Videha regions. The region where the inhabitants engage themselves in the six activities /occupations are called region of labour. The Human beings living in the regions of labour are called inhabitants of the region of labour (karmabhūmija).

Jambūdvīpa (containing the Videha region) is in the centre of all continents and oceans; all continents and oceans are concentric circles with Jambūdvīpa in the centre. Like the navel is in the centre of the body, Jambūdvīpa is in the centre of all continents and oceans. Sumeru Mount is in the centre of Jambūdvīpa. It is also called Mount Sudarśana.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 3: The Lower and middle worlds
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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India history and geogprahy

Videha (विदेह) is the name of an ancient country situated in 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).—At the time of the Buddha the Videha country was one of the eight constituent principalities of the Vajjian confederacy. Of these eight principalities the Licchavis of Vesālī and the Videhas of Mithilā were, however, the most important. In one of the Jātakas we read that the kingdom of Videha had 15,000 villages, 16,000 storehouses filled, and 16,000 dancing girls.

It is clear from Dhammapāla’s Paramatthadīpanī on the Theragāthā (pp. 277 278) that at the time of the Buddha, Videha was a centre of trade. We are told of people coming from Sāvatthī to Videha to sell their wares. It is also stated that the route passed through a desert. Videha is identical with ancient Tīrabhukti, that is modern Tirhut. According to the Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa Videha was so named after Māthava the Videgha who colonized it. It was bounded by the Kausikī (Kosi) in the east, the Ganges in the south, the Sadānīrā (the Gandak or the Rāpti) in the west and the Himalayas in the north.

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism
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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

Marathi-English dictionary

vidēha (विदेह).—a S Incorporeal. 2 Disembodied.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vidēha (विदेह).—a Incorporeal; disembodied.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Videha (विदेह).—a.

1) Bodiless, incorporeal.

2) Trunkless.

3) Dead.

-hāḥ (m. pl.) Name of a country, the ancient Mithilā; तौ विदेहनगरीनिवासिनां गां गताविव दिवः पुनर्वसू (tau videhanagarīnivāsināṃ gāṃ gatāviva divaḥ punarvasū) R.11. 36;12.26.

2) The natives of this country.

-haḥ 1 The district Videha.

2) Name of Janaka.

-hā The same as विदेह (videha).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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