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     Konagamana Buddha


'Konagamana' who was known to be the twenty-third Buddha, and the second  Buddha among the five Buddhas born in the Bhadda Kappa was born in Subhagavati Park in Sobhavati, the capital of king Sobha.
                                                                                                            His father's name was Yannadatta who was also a  Brahmin. Uttara was his mother's name. His wife's name was Ruchigatta and Satthavaha was their son. He lived as a house-holder for about the time being of three thousand years in three palaces namely as Tusita, Santusita and Santuttha. Then he refused the worldly life by riding on an elephant. He then decided to practice severity for the period of six months. He accepted the milk-rice from a Brahmin woman Aggisoma; and the grass for his seat from Tinduka, a grass-cutter. His tree of Enlightenment was Udumbara. He moralize his first lecture in Sudassana Nagara Park.

He died in Pabbatarama at the age of thirty thousand years. His followers among the priests were Bhiyya and Uttara; and Samudda and Uttaraa among the nuns. His assistant was Sotthiya. Ugga and Somadeva were his popular lay supporter among the men; and Sivala and Sama were among the women.

When the birth of Buddha has taken place, there followed a gold-shower all over the ancient India. The Buddha was therefore called Kanakagamana, which after a few periods of time became Konagamana. During his time Mount Vepulla of Rajgir was known as Vankaka; and the people of the region were called as Rohitassa.

The Bodhisatta was born as a Khattiya in Mithila at the time of Konagamana Buddha and he was named as Pabbata.

The archaeological sources support to the beings of the thupa found on the birth place of the Konagamana Buddha as Asoka the Great doubled its size and worshipped it on his twentieth year of his reign. Faxian, who visited India from 399-414 AD; and Xuangzang, who stayed in India from 629-645 AD also refer to the natural being of the Konagamana’s thupas in the place of his birth.
 

 

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