Kancanaguha, Kañcanaguhā: 1 definition


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A cave in the region of the Himalaya, according to one description (J.ii.176; but see J.v.357, where it is said to be near Cittakuta) in the face of the Cittakuapabbata. This cave was the abode of the Bodhisatta when he was born as a lion, as described in the Virocana Jataka (J.i.491f), and again in the Sigala Jataka (J.ii.6). Near by was the Rajatapabbata. This cave was also the dwelling place of the geese mentioned in the Kacchapa Jataka (J.ii.176), and in the cave grew the Abbhanta ramba (J.ii.396), the property of Vessavana. In the scholiast to the Hatthipala Jataka (J.iv.484), the Kancanaguha is mentioned as the abode of the spider Unnabhi and the ninety six thousand geese who took shelter in it, waiting for the rains to clear. Near the cave was the Chaddantadaha and the Buddha, when he was born as the elephant Chaddanta, made the cave his headquarters (J.v.37f). In this context the cave is described as being in the Suvannapabbata (probably another name for Kancanapabbata) to the west of the Chaddanta lake, and is said to be twelve leagues in extent. There lived the elephant king with eight thousand companions. Nandatapasa once lived for seven days at the entrance to the cave, going to Uttarakuru for his food (J.v.316, 392).

The Pakahamsas of great power also lived in the cave (J.v.357, 368), once as many in number as ninety thousand (J.v.381).

In the Sudhabhojana Jataka (J.v.392), the cave is stated to have been on the top of Manosilatala.

The Kancanaguha is mentioned in literature as the dwelling place of maned lions (kesarasiha) (E.g., UdA.71, 105).

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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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