Kacaragama, Kajaragama, Kataragama, Kācaragāma, Kājaragāma, Kātaragāma: 1 definition



Kacaragama means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A village in South Ceylon, on the Maniganga (Manik ganga), about ten miles to the north of Tissamaharama, on the old road from Mahagama to Guttasala. It was evidently an important centre even in the time of Devanampiya Tissa, because we find that the nobles of Kajaragama are mentioned among those taking part in the festival of the Bodhi Tree when it was brought over by Sanghamitta (Mhv.xix.54). In the village was planted one of the eight saplings produced from the Bodhi Tree (Mhv.xix.62; Mbv.161f; Sp.i.100). A vihara was erected in Kacaragama by Aggabodhi, ruler of Rohana (Cv.xlv.45), among the occupants of which is mentioned Milakkha Tissa Thera (AA.i.22). The place was of strategic importance, and was sometimes used as the seat of the government in Rohana. E.g., by Loka (Cv.lvii.2), by Kassapa, the Kesadhatu (Cv.lvii.66ff); see also Cv.lviii.6.

The village is now chiefly famous for the celebrated shrine of Skanda.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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