Kotigama, Kotigāma, Koṭigāma, Koti-gama: 2 definitions



Kotigama means something in Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India. 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A village in the vicinity of Bhaddiyanagara. The village was one gavuta distant from the Ganges (MT.560). The Buddha went there from Bhaddiyanagara. Bhaddaji preceded the Buddha to Kotigama and awaited his arrival there. The people, led by Nanduttara, made ready a meal and provided boats in which the Buddha and the monks might cross the river. In the middle of the river, submerged in the water, stood the palace once occupied by Mahapanada (J.ii.332f; ThagA.i.287f; Mhv.xxxi.5f).

During his last tour the Buddha crossed the river at Pataligama, went on to Kotigama, and remained in that village preaching to the monks. Hearing that the Buddha was there, Ambapali and hosts of Licchavis came from Vesali to visit him, and Ambapali gave him a meal. From Kotigama the Buddha went to Nadika (Vin.i.230f; D.ii.90f).

Buddhaghosa says (DA.ii.542; iii.856) that the village was so called because it was built near the dome (koti or thupika) of Mahapanadas palace.

According to the Samyutta Nikaya (v.431), Kotigama was a village of the Vajjians.

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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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India history and geography

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism

Koṭigāma (कोटिगाम) is the name of an ancient village situated between Rājagaha and Kusāvati or Kusīnārā: an ancient capital of Malla: one of the sixteen Mahājanapadas of the Majjhimadesa (Middle Country) of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—In the Mahāparinibbāna Suttanta we find an account of the Buddha’s journey from Rājagaha to Kusīnārā. We are also told of halting places, the list of which is given in order with important events, viz., Koṭigāma.

From the Saṃyutta Nikāya we know that Koṭigāma was a village of the Vajjians. From the Mahāparinibbāna Suttanta we know that the Buddha in course of the journey from Rājagaha to Kusīnārā passed through Koṭigāma.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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