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Vaṅgā

The name of a people and their country, the modern Bengal.

It is nowhere mentioned in the four Nikāyas, nor included among the sixteen great countries (Mahājanapada).

The mother of Sīhabāhu and Sīhasīvalī was a Vaṅga princess, the daughter of the Vaṅga king who had married the daughter of the king of Kāliṅga (Mhv.vi.1 ff; Dpv.ix.2).

The Milindapañha (p.359) mentions Vaṅga as a trading place to be reached by sea.

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