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Uttara-vihāra

Another name for the Abhayagiri-vihāra (q.v.) The inhabitants of the Uttara-vihāra seem to have kept a chronicle, in the same way as did the dwellers of the Mahā-Vihāra. This is often referred to in the Mahāvaṃsa Ṭīkā, as the Uttara-vihāra-Aṭṭhakathā and the Uttara-vihāra-Mahāvaṃsa. Judging from the quotations from this work given in the Mahāvaṃsa Ṭīkā, the Uttara-vihāra chronicle seems to have differed from the tradition of the Mahā-vihāra more in detail than in general construction. It is not possible to say whether it contained exegetical matter on the Pāḷi Canon besides matters of historical interest. For a detailed account of the work see Geiger: The Dīpavaṃsa and the Mahāvaṃsa, pp.50 ff; also my edition of the Mahāvaṃsa Ṭīkā.

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