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Aparānta


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The ancient region of western India.covering much of present-day Gujarat and Mahārāṣṭra. Buddhism flourished in this region, particularly in the area of the coastal towns of Bharukaccha (Broach) and Valabhī until Arab military expansion and civil disorders virtually eliminated the Buddhist presence there. It derives its name from a legend that the first settlers came from Aparagoyāna. Aśoka is said to have dispatched missionaries to this region after the Third Council (see Council of Pāṭaliputra II).

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