A country in which was the port of Suppāraka, birthplace of Puṇṇa Thera. From there he went with a caravan to Sāvatthi, and, after hearing the Buddha teach, entered the Order. Later, obtaining the Buddha’s permission, he returned to Sunāparanta (ThagA.i.158). There he attained Arahantship, and five hundred men and five hundred women became lay followers of the religion. Under his direction they built a Gandhakuṭi, called Candanasālā, and Puṇṇa, wishing the Buddha to be present at the dedication festival, sent a flower through the air to the Buddha at Sāvatthi as invitation.
The Buddha accepted this invitation and went to Sunāparanta with four hundred and ninety-
The people of Sunāparanta were reported as being fierce and violent (M.iii.268; S.iv.61 f).
Sunāparanta was also the birthplace of Cūḷa-
Sunāparanta is probably identical with Aparanta; the Burmese, however, identify it with the country on the right bank of the Irrawaddy River, near Pagan. Sās. Introd., p.ix.