A nunnery in Anurādhapura, built by
Devānampiyatissa, for the accommodation of Anulā and her followers, pending the
arrival of Sanghamittā (Mhv.Xviii.12). Later, Sanghamittā took up her residence
there and it was enlarged by the addition of twelve buildings, three of which
gained peculiar sanctity because in these were set up the mast, the rudder and
the helm of the ship that had brought the Bodhi-tree to Ceylon, and these
buildings were called, respectively, the Kupayatthithapita-ghara, the
Piyathapita-ghara and the Arittathapita-ghara. Even when other sects arose,
these twelve buildings were occupied by the Hatthālhaka (or orthodox) nuns.
Mhv.Xix.68ff; the Tikā (p.408) says the houses were originally called
Cūlaganā-gāra, Mahāganāgāra and Sirivaddhāgāra.