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Koṭigāma

A village in the vicinity of Bhaddiya-nagara. The village was one quarter of a league from the Gaṅgā (MT.560). The Buddha went there from Bhaddiya-nagara. Bhaddaji preceded the Buddha to Koṭigāma and awaited his arrival there. The people, led by Nanduttara, made ready a meal and provided boats in which the Buddha and the monks might cross the river. In the middle of the river, submerged in the water, stood the palace once occupied by Mahāpanāda (J.ii.332 f; ThagA.i.287 f; Mhv.xxxi.5 f).

During his last tour the Buddha crossed the river at Pāṭaligāma, went on to Koṭigāma, and remained in that village teaching to the monks. Hearing that the Buddha was there, Ambapālī and hosts of Licchavī came from Vesāli to visit him, and Ambapālī gave him a meal. From Koṭigāma the Buddha went to Ñātika (Vin.i.230 f; D.ii.90 f).

Buddhaghosa says (DA.ii.542; iii.856) that the village was so called because it was built near the dome (koṭi or thūpikā) of Mahāpanāda’s palace.

According to the Saṃyuttanikāya (v.431), Koṭigāma was a village of the Vajjī .

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