Kotthasara, aka: Koṭṭhasāra, Kottha-sara; 2 Definition(s)

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Kotthasara 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)

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A village to the east of Pulatthipura. It was once the refuge of Vikkamabahu II (Cv.lxi.43) and, again, of Gajabahu (Cv.lxx.355). After Gajabahus death his ministers took his body to Kotthasara, and the village became the headquarters of Manabharana (Cv.lxxi.6, 11). There was in the village a garrison for mercenary soldiers, specially occupied by the Keralas, and this garrison once revolted against Parakkamabahu I (Cv.lxxiv.44).

Later, the Damilas, Magha and Jayabahu, set up a fortification there (Cv.lxxxiii.15; see also Cv.Trs.i.229, n.1). It was evidently a point of strategic importance.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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 geogprahy

Koṭṭhasāra is the name of an ancient locality that existed in the Polonnaruva (Polonnaruwa) district of Ceylon (Sri Lanka).—Near and eastward of Kālapilla was Madhukavanagaṇṭhi: both places were between Polonnaruva and Koṭṭhasāra. Tīṇimakulla was north-west of Polonnaruva.

Source: archive.org: Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963
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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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