Vikkamabahu, Vikkamabāhu: 1 definition



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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Vikkamabahu, Vikkamabhuja, Vikkantabahu. Surnames of King Kassapa VI. See Kassapa (21).

2. Vikkamabahu. Son of Vijayabahu I. and Tilokasundari. He had two wives, Sundari and Lilavati (Cv.lix.32, 49f). He was made Adipada by Vijayabahu I., and, when his son Gajabahu was born, the king gave the province of Rohana for his welfare. Vikkamabahu lived there with Mahanagahula (Cv.lx.88f) as his capital. When Vijayabahu died, some of Vikkamabahus relations, Jayabahu and the three sons of Mitta (Manabharana, Kittisirimegha and Sirivallabha) conspired to keep him out of the succession, but he defeated them in various battles and took possession of the capital Pulatthipura, losing, however, Dakkhinadesa and his former province of Rohana (Cv.lxi.2f). A year later his enemies again rose in revolt, led by Manabharana, and, as Vikkamabahu advanced to Kalyani to fight them, Viradeva, of Palandipa (q.v.) landed in Mannara, and his attention was diverted. In the first engagements, Vikkamabahu was defeated by Viradeva and forced to flee to Kotthasara, but Viradeva was later defeated and slain at Antaravitthika. From then onwards Vikkamabahu and the three sons of Mitta (see above) lived each in his province, but became unpopular both with the sangha and the laity owing to their greed and lust. Following the death of Jayabahu and the Queen Mitta, Vikkamabahu appears to have been acknowledged king (Vikkamabahu II.); and it was evidently as such that the birth of his nephew, the prince who after became Parakkamabahu. I., was reported to him. Vikkamabahu had two sons, Mahinda, and Gajabahu, but asked that his nephew should be sent to the court; this request, however, was not granted (Cv.lxii.58f). Vikkamabahu reigned, till his death, for twenty one years (1116 1137 A.C.), and was succeeded by his son Gajabahu. Cv.lxiii.18.

3. Vikkamabahu. Son of Gajabahu and brother of Colagangakumara. Cv.lxx.238.

4. Vikkamabahu. Younger brother of King Kittinissanka. He became king on the death of Virabahu I., but reigned for only three months (in 1196 A.C.), after which he was slain by Codaganga. Cv.lxxx.28.

5. Vikkamabahu. The king who succeeded Parakkamabahu V. He was himself succeeded by Bhuvenakabahu V. Cv.xci. 1, 3; he seems to have reigned for eighteen years (1347 75 A.C.). See Cv. Trs. ii.212, n.2.

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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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