Vankagiri, aka: Vaṅkagiri; 1 Definition(s)


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Vankagiri [Vankapabbata, Vankatapabbata].—A mountain in Himava to which Vessantara was banished with his family.

It was thirty leagues from the Ceta country and sixty leagues from Jetuttara, the way passing through Suvannagiritala, over the river Kontimara, through Aranjaragiri, Dunnivittha, northwards beyond Gandhamadana, over Mt. Vipula, across the Ketumati River, through Mount Nalika and the Mucalinda Lake (Cyp.i.9;, 518, 519).

Vessantara and his family lived there in a hermitage built by Vissakimma at Sakkas suggestion ( Sanjaya later built a road, eight usabhas wide, from Jetuttara to Vanka.

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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