Vidhura, aka: Vidhūra; 4 Definition(s)


Vidhura means something in Buddhism, Pali, Marathi. 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)

1. Vidhura. A brahmin, chaplain of the king of Benares. For details see the Sambhava Jataka. He is identified with Maha Kassapa (J.v.67). Vidhuras son was Bhadrakara. J.v.60.

2. Vidhura. The Bodhisatta born as the minister of Dhananjaya Korabba. See the Vidhurapandita Jataka.

His father was the brahmin Canda (, and he owned three palaces: Konca, Mayura and Piyaketa ( Anujja was his wife and Ceta his daughter in law; among his sons was Dhammapala (

In one place ( he is spoken of as having one thousand wives and seven hundred female slaves.

The Vidhurapandita of the Dhumakari Jataka is probably identical with the above, as also the minister of the same name in the Dasabrahmana Jataka. The latter contains a long discussion between Vidhura and the Korabba king regarding the qualities of a true brahmin.

3. Vidhura. The Milinda Panha (p.202) refers to a birth of the Bodhisatta in which he was a wise man (pandita) named Vidhura. At that time Devadatta, although a jackal, brought the kings of all Jambudipa under his sway. The reference is evidently to the Sabbadatha Jataka (No. 241), but there the Bodhisattas name is not given.

4. Vidhura. See also Vidhura.

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1. Vidhura. One of the two chief disciples of Kakusandha Buddha. (D.ii.4; S.ii.191; Bu.xxiii.20. J.i.42).

He received his name because he was a peerless preacher of the Dhamma. (M.i.333; quoted at PSA. p. 496).

2. Vidhura. See Vidhura.

(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).


Vidhura, (adj.) (Vedic vidhura: see vidhavā) 1. destitute, lonely; miserable, wretched J. V, 399 (so read for vidura; according to Kern, Toev. s. v. but doubtful). ‹-› 2. (vi+dhura) “burdenless, ” unequalled Sn. 996 (=vigata-dhura, appaṭima SnA 583); A. I, 116 (here in meaning “clever, ” perhaps=vidura; spelt vidhūra). Cp. Np. Vidhura KhA 128; SnA 201 (as Vidhūra at J. IV, 361). (Page 623)

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

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

vidhura (विधुर).—m S A widower.

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vidhura (विधुर).—a S Defective, deficient, wanting, imperfect, incomplete.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vidhura (विधुर).—m A widower. a Deficient, wanting.

(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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