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(Skt.). A river flowing near ancient Śrāvastī.the present-day Rapti. It is one of the five great rivers flowing from the Himalayas eastwards into the sea, and there are many references to it in early literature. The Tevijja Sutta of the Pāli Canon was preached on its southern bank in a mango grove where the Buddha often resided. It also had many bathing places where monks (bhikṣu) and brahmins used to bathe. Nuns (bhikṣunī) were forbidden from bathing in those places on the river where courtesans bathed naked.

Subjects: Buddhism.

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