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Bhagalavatī

A place in Uttarakuru where the yakkhas assemble.

The Dīghanikāya (D.iii.201) speaks of it as a hall (sabhā), while the Suttanipāta Commentary (SNA.i.197) says it is a mountain in Himavā where the devas assemble every month for eight days in order to settle disputes. The yakkha leaders also attend these assemblies.

The Sumaṅgalavilāsinī (DA.iii.967), however, says that it is a jewelled pavilion (ratanamaṇḍapa) twelve leagues in extent, on the banks of the Dharanī Lake. It is surrounded by a creeper named Bhagalavatī, hence, probably, its name.

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