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Kaṇṇakujja

A district in Jambudīpa; it is mentioned in a list of places passed by the Buddha on his way from Verañjā to Bārāṇasī, across the Gaṅgā, the route passing through Verañjā, Soreyya, Saṅkassa, Kaṇṇakujja, Payāgatiṭṭha, here crossing the river to Bārāṇasī (Vin.iii.11). It may have been the very road followed by Revata when going from Saṅkassa to Sahajāti, this road passing through Kaṇṇakujja, Udumbara, and Aggalapura (Vin.ii.299).

In the Dīpavaṃsa (iii.26; MT. (82) calls it Kaṇṇagotta) the city is called Kaṇṇagoccha, and is said to have been the capital of nine kings of the Mahāsammata race, the last king being Naradeva.

According to Hiouen Thsang, the distance from Saṅkassa to Kaṇṇakujja was two hundred li, or thirty-three miles, in a north-west direction. Fa Hsien gives the distance as forty-nine miles. (Buddhist Records, p.205; Giles, p.47. For a descriptive account see CAGI.433 ff; see also Mtu.ii.442 f; 459 f; 485 and iii.16, 34).

According to the Buddhavaṃsa Commentary (p.193), it was at Kaṇṇakujja that Phussa Buddha first taught his two chief disciples. Again (BuA.210), it was at the gates of Kaṇṇakujja that Kakusandha Buddha showed the Twin Miracle.

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