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Vessagiri

A monastery in Sri Lanka, near Anurādhapura. It was built by Devānampiyatissa for the five hundred merchants (vessa) who were ordained by Mahinda (Mhv.xx.15; Mhv. Trs. 137, n.3).

Near the monastery was a forest, where Vaṭṭagāmaṇī, in his flight, hid the almsbowl of the Buddha. There he also met the elder Kupikkala Mahātissa (Mhv.xxxiii.48 f). The almsbowl was discovered and taken by a Damiḷa to India, but was later recovered (Mhv.xxxiii.55).

To the south of Vessagiri was the Pabbata-vihāra, and, near it, the village of Silāsobbhakaṇḍaka. MT.616.

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