Mahakaccana, aka: Maha-kaccana, Mahākaccāna; 1 Definition(s)

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Mahākaccāna (महाकच्चान) was a Buddhist from Avanti: 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).—Avanti is mentioned in the Aṅguttara Nikāya as one of the sixteen great Janapadas. Avanti was an important centre of Buddhism. Some of the leading Theras and Therīs were either born or resided there, e.g., Abhayakumāra, Isidāsī, Isidatta, Soṇakuṭikaṇṇa, and Mahākaccāna. The Dhammapada Commentary tells us that when Mahākaccāna was living at the city of Kuraraghara in Avanti, he ordained an upasāka named Sonakuṭikaṇṇa.

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism
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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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