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Macchikāsaṇḍa

A township in Kāsī, the residence, among others, of Citta-Gahapati (S.iv.281).

It contained the Ambāṭakavana, which Citta presented as a monastery for the monks, at the head of whom was Mahānāma.

Sudhamma Thera also lived there, and the place was visited by Sāriputta and Mahā-Moggallāna and also by Acela-Kassapa (S.iv.300).

For details see DhA.ii.74 f; according to Vin.ii.15 f., they were accompanied by Mahā-Kaccāna, Mahā-Koṭṭhika, Mahā-Kappina, Mahā-Cunda, Anuruddha, Revata, Upāli, Ānanda, and Rāhula; these all went there while travelling in the Kāsi kingdom.

The books contain, besides these, the names of several monks who lived at Macchikāsaṇḍa — e.g., Isidatta, Mahaka, Kāmabhū and Godatta. The place may also have been a centre of the Nigaṇṭhā, for Nigaṇṭha Nāṭaputta is mentioned as having gone there with a large following (S.iv.298).

It was thirty leagues from Sāvatthi (DhA.ii.79), and nearby was the village of Migapathaka.

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