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Author:Laxman Burdak, IFS (R)

Kalakarama (कालकाराम) is a Buddhist Vihara mentioned in Mahavansha. It was built by a trader named Kalaka, who was contemporary of Gautam Buddha.




At one time the Buddha was staying near Sāketa, in Kāḷaka’s monastery.[1]

In Mahavansha

Mahavansa/Chapter 12 mentions about 'The Converting of Different Countries'. WHEN the thera Moggaliputta, the illuminator of the religion of the Conqueror, had brought the (third) council to an end and when, looking into the future, he had beheld the founding of the religion in adjacent countries, (then) in the month Kattika he sent forth theras, one here and one there.

....the thera Maharakkhita he sent into the country of the Yona.

The wise Maharakkhita who went to the country of the Yona delivered in the midst of the people the Kalakarama suttanta. A hundred and seventy thousand living beings attained, to the reward of the path (of salvation); ten thousand received the pabbajja.


विजयेन्द्र कुमार माथुर[2] ने लेख किया है ...कालकाराम (AS, p.176) साकेत में स्थित बौद्धविहार जिसका निर्माण गौतम बुद्ध के समकालीन कालक नामक व्यापारी ने करवाया था.

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