Dictionary of Pāli Proper Names • G.P. Malalasekera
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1. Dvāravatī (Dvāraka).– A city in India. It had the sea on one side and a mountain on the other. The Andhakaveṇhudāsa-puttā tried to take it but in vain, because when the goblin, guarding the city, gave the alarm, the city would rise up in the air and settle on the sea until the enemy disappeared. They then sought Kaṇhadīpāyana’s advice and fixed the city down with chains. This enabled the Andhākaveṇhudāsaputtā to capture it and make it their capital (J.iv.82 ﬀ). It was also the capital of King Sivi (J.vi.421). The Petavatthu and its Commentary (Pv.ii.9; PvA.113) speak of Dvāravati as a city of Kamboja. It may be Kamsabhoja that is meant, the country of the Andhakavenhudāsaputtā.