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Magadhakhetta

Mention is made in the books of the Magadhakhetta, probably an extensive rice field which at once caught the eye on account of its terraces. It could be seen from the Indasālaguhā (ThagA.i.333). The contour of the field struck the Buddha’s imagination and he asked Ānanda to design a robe of the same pattern. Ānanda did this very successfully, and this pattern has been adopted for the robes of members of the Order ever since (Vin.i.287).

The Suvaṇṇakakkaṭa Jātaka (J.iii.293; also iv.277) mentions a field of one thousand karīsā (about eight thousand acres) in a brahmin village called SāIindiya to the east of Rājagaha. Magadhakhetta may sometimes have been used as another name for Magadha. See, e.g., AA.i.126, where Nāḷakagāma is mentioned as having been in Magadhakhetta.

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