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Ketumatī

1. Ketumatī.– The future name of Bārāṇasī. It will be at the head of eighty-four thousand towns, the capital of the Cakkavatti Saṅkha and the birthplace of Metteyya Buddha. D.iii.75 f; J.vi.594; Anāgat., vv.8, 30; according to v.8 it is the same as Kusāvatī.

2. Ketumatī.– A river in the Himavā. Vessantara, with his wife and children, had a meal on its banks, bathed and drank in the river, and from there went to Nālika. J.vi.518 f.

3. Ketumatī.– The palace of the deva Mahāsena (a previous birth of Nāgasena). (Mil., p.6).

4. Ketumatī.– The Pāḷi name for the Burmese city of Taungu (Bode: op.cit., 45).

Ketumatī is in Jeyyavaḍḍhanaraṭṭha. It was once the capital of King Mahāsirijeyyasūra who possessed a famous elephant, called Devanāga. Buddhism was established in Ketumatī by a monk from Sri Lanka named Mahā­parakkama. It later became the residence of famous monks. Sās., pp.80, 81; see also 101, 118, 162.

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