A kingdom mentioned in the Sankhapāla
Jātaka as being near Mount Candaka. There lived the Bodhisatta, in a
hermitage on the bend of the river Kannapannā, where it left Lake Sankhapāla
Keka is mentioned as the capital of Mahimsaka, where a king named Ajjuna once
ruled (J.v.145) also a city, called Sakula, capital of King Sakula. Near Sakula
was a lake, called Mānusiya (J.v.337).
In the Bhīmasena Jātaka (J.i.356) the
Bodhisatta is mentioned as living for some time in Mahimsaka in his birth as
Cūladhanuggaha pandita. Mahimsaka is mentioned (E.g., Vibhā.4) as an example of
a country where cold weather frequently occurs.
The country is generally identified with Malayagiri, the Malabar Ghats. See