Dictionary of Pāli Proper Names • G.P. Malalasekera
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A district in Sri Lanka near Cittapabbata (Mhv.xxiii.4; see Mhv.Trs.155, n.3 and Cv. Trs.i.71, n.2) in which was the Vettavāsa-vihāra, given by Aggabodhi II to the Kaliṅga minister who was ordained by Jotipāla Thera (Cv.xlii.48). The road to the district lay to the south of Anurādhapura, past the Potters’ Village. The Visuddhimagga (p.90) speaks of it as a prosperous place.
The Aṅguttaranikāya Commentary (AA.ii.489; also DA.iii.1010) has a story of a monk of the vihāra who was a rag-robe wearer (paṃsukulika) and who became an Arahant.