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Vepulla, Vipula

The highest of the five mountains surrounding Rājagaha (S.i.67).

The people living near it were called, respectively, Tivaras, Rohitassas and Suppiyas. The mountain has diminished in size, for the Tivaras, who lived for forty thousand years, took four days to climb it and four to descend; the Rohitassas lived for thirty thousand years and took three days each way; while the Suppiyas, with a life span of twenty thousand years, did the journey there and back in four days. In the present age, the Magadhans, who lived for about one hundred years, could both climb and descend the mountain in very little time (S.ii.190 f).

Vepulla was the abode of the Yakkha Kumbhīra and his one hundred thousand followers (D.ii.257).

According to the Dummedha Jātaka (J.i.445) it was possible for an elephant to climb to the top of Vepulla. From Vepulla, the Cakkavatti gets his Cakkaratana (KhpA.p.173; J.iv.232), and it was this gem that Puṇṇaka obtained from the mountain to be offered as stake in his game of dice with Dhanañjaya Koravya. J.vi.271, 272, 326.

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