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Bāvarissa Māṇavacārikā Jambudīpe
Bāvarī’s Students’ Walk across Ancient India
The map shown above is approx. 1,600 km from East to West and 1,200 km from North to South
from Pārāyanavaggo, verses 31-38:
Bāvarī had left Sāvatthī, the capital of Kosala, some time before and retired to a very remote place on the bank of the Godhāvarī River, which was about as far south as the Ariyans had penetrated at that time. There students gathered around him, including 16 who became teachers in their own right. When Bāvarī heard that a Sambuddha had arisen in the world he sent his students to question him. They first headed for Sāvatthī itself, where the Buddha had been staying, but when he saw them coming, realising that they were not mature enough, he withdrew to Rājagaha and to the Pāsāṇaka Shrine. Their walking tour covered a distance of some 1,800 kilometres.
last updated: October 2008