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Guttasāla, Guttasālaka

A village and a district in Rohaṇa. Duṭṭhagāmaṇī lived there before being crowned at Mahāgāma (Mhv.xxiv.17). Guttasāla was thirty to thirty-five miles to the north of Mahāgāma, where the high road crossed the Māṭikagaṅga, and lay on the main route which spread from Mahāgāma to Mutiyaṅgana, and from there along the Mahāvāḷukagaṅgā to Pulatthipura; hence its strategic importance. It was the centre of several campaigns at different periods, (e.g., of Mahinda, Cv.li.109, 117; Vijayabāhu I, Cv.lxviii.34; Jayabāhu I, Cv.lxi.12; Parakkamabāhu I, Cv.lxxiv.165 f; lxxv.15. See Cv.Trs.i.158, n.4).

The Aṭṭhasālinī (DhsA.398 f) records the story of a nun of Guttasāla; she was an Arahant, and when the village was destroyed by bandits she left it with a young nun carrying her baggage. At the village gate of Nakulanagara she met Mahānāga of Kālavallimaṇḍapa, who offered her a meal in his own bowl, as she had none of her own. She ate the meal, washed the bowl and returned it, telling him that from the next day he would get alms without exertion; and so he did.

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