A district in Jambudīpa; it is mentioned in a list of places passed by the
Buddha on his way from Verañjā to
Bārānasī, across the Ganges, the route passing
through Verañjā, Soreyya,
Payāgatittha, here crossing the river to Benares
It may have been the very road followed by Revata when going from Sankassa to
Sahajāti, this road passing through Kannakujja,
Udumbara, and Aggalapura (Vin.ii.299).
In the Dīpavamsa (iii.26; MT. (82) calls it Kannagotta) the city is called
Kannagoccha, and is said to have been the capital of nine kings of the
Mahāsammata race, the last king being Naradeva.
According to Hiouen Thsang, the distance
from Sankassa to Kannakujja was two hundred li, or thirty-three miles, in a
north-west direction. Fa Hsien gives the distance as forty-nine miles. (Buddhist
Records, p.205; Giles, p.47. For a descriptive account see CAGI.433ff; see also
Mtu.ii.442f.; 459f.; 485 and iii.16, 34).
According to the Buddhavamsa Commentary (p.193), it was at Kannakujja that
Phussa Buddha first preached to his two chief disciples. Again (BuA.210), it was
at the gates of Kannakujja that the Buddha Kakusandha showed the Twin Miracle.