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Suppāraka

1. v.l. Suppāra.– A seaport in India. It was in Sunāparanta and was the birthplace of Puṇṇa. There was regular trade between Bhārukaccha, Suppāraka and Suvaṇṇabhūmi (See, e.g., Ap.ii.476 (vs.13 f ); AA.i.156).

From Suppāraka to Sāvatthi was one hundred and twenty leagues (DhA.ii.214; UdA.85), Sāvatthi being to the north-east of Suppāraka. UdA.84 (pubbuttaradisābhāgāyaṃ). Vijaya and his followers landed there on their way to Sri Lanka, but had to leave because the people were incensed by their behaviour (Mhv.vi.46; Dpv.ix.15 f). Ubbarī was once born in Suppāraka as a horse dealer’s daughter (DhA.iv.50). It was also the residence of Bāhiya Dārucīriya.

Suppāraka (Skt. Sūrpāraka) is identified with the modern Sopāra in the Thāna district, to the north of Bombay. Imperial Gazetteer of India, sv., but see Sunāparanta.

2. Suppāraka.– The Bodhisatta born as a master mariner (niyyāmakajeṭṭha) of Bhārukaccha. See the Suppāraka Jātaka.

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