One of the four great continents into
which the earth is divided. It is to the west of Sineru and is seven thousand
yojanas in extent. It is surrounded by five hundred islands (SnA.ii.443).
According to the Anguttara Nikāya (i.227; v.59), each cakkavāla (world-system)
has an Aparagoyāna. It is inhabited by men (KhpA.123), but they have no houses
and sleep on the ground (ThagA.iii.187-8). In the centre of the continent is a
Kadamba tree, whose trunk is fifteen yojanas in girth and whose trunk and arms
are fifty yojanas in length.
This tree stands for a whole kappa
(DhSA.298; AA.i.264; Vm.206). When the sun rises in Jambudīpa, it is the middle
watch of the night in Aparagoyāna; sunset in Aparagoyāna is midnight in
Jambudīpa, and sunrise is noon in Jambudīpa, sunset in Pubbavideha and midnight
in Uttarakuru (DA.iii.868). A cakkavatti-king first conquers Pubbavideha in the
east and Jambudīpa in the south, and then sets out to win Aparagoyāna in the
west and Uttarakuru in the north (Mbv.73-4; BuA.113). Thus King Mandhātā, having
conquered Jambudīpa, journeys on with his retinue to Aparagoyāna and conquers it
straight away (Dvy.215).
Punnaka, in his play with Dhanañjaya,
staked a jewel, by gazing into which the continent of Aparagoyāna could be seen.
J.vi.278; so also in the necklace mentioned in the Hārapradāna Jātaka. (Mtu.ii.68).
In this context the name given is
Goyāniya. So also in the Mahāvastu: Aparagodānika, °godāniya (ii.159, 378,
etc.). In the Dulva it is called Aparagaudani (Rockhill, 84).
Some of the inhabitants came with
Mandhātā from Aparagoyāna to Jambudīpa and settled down there. The country they
colonised was called Aparanta. DA.ii.482; MA.i.484.