1. Veluvana. A park near Rājagaha, the pleasure garden of Bimbisāra.
When the Buddha first visited Rājagaha, after his Enlightenment, he stayed at
the Latthivanuyyāna (Vin.i.35). The day after his arrival, he accepted the
king's invitation to a meal at the palace, at the end of which the king, seeking
a place for the Buddha to live "not too far from the town, not too
near, suitable for coming and going, easily accessible to all people, by day not
too crowded, by night not exposed to noise and clamour, clean of the smell of
people, hidden from men and well fitted to seclusion" decided on
Veluvana, and bestowed it on the Buddha and the fraternity. This was the first
ārāma accepted by the Buddha, and a rule was passed allowing monks to accept
such an Ārāma. Vin.i.39f.; according to BuA. (19; cf. ApA.i.75) the earth
trembled when the water - poured over the Buddha's hand by Bimbisāra in
dedication of Veluvana - fell on the earth. This was the only Ārāma in
Jambudīpa, the dedication of which was accompanied by a tremor of the earth. It
was the dedication of Veluvana which was quoted as precedent by Mahinda, when he
decided to accept the Mahāmeghavana, at Anurādhapura, from Devānampiyatissa
The Buddha at once went to stay there, and it was during this stay that
Sāriputta and Moggallāna joined the Order. Vin.i.42.
Kalandakanivāpa (q.v.) is the place nearly always mentioned as the spot where
the Buddha stayed in Veluvana. There many Vinaya rules were passed - e.g.,
on the keeping of the vassa (Vin.i.137), the use of food cooked in the monastery
(Vin.i.210f), the picking of edible (kappiya) fruit in the absence of any layman
from whom permission to do so could be obtained (Vin.i.212), surgical operations
on monks (Vin.i.215f), the eating of sugar (Vin.i.226), the rubbing of various
parts of the body against wood (Vin.ii.105), the use of the kinds of dwelling
(Vin.ii.146) and the use of gold and silver (Vin.ii.196).
During the Buddha's stay at Veluvana, Dabba Mallaputta, at his own request,
was appointed regulator of lodgings and apportioner of rations, (Vin.ii.74. The
Buddha was at Veluvana when Dabba also decided to die. He went there to take
leave of the Buddha, Ud.viii.9) and Sāriputta and Moggallāna brought back the
five hundred monks whom Devadatta had enticed away to Gayāsīsa (Vin.ii.200). The
Buddha spent the second, third, and fourth vassas at Veluvana. BuA.3; it was
while the Buddha was at Veluvana that Devadatta attempted to kill him by causing
Nālāgiri to be let loose against him (J.v.335). It was a very peaceful place,
and monks, who had taken part in the first Convocation, rested there, in
Kalandakanivāpa, after their exertions. It was there that they met Purāna, who
refused to acknowledge the authenticity of their Recital (Vin.ii.289f).
Numerous Jātakas were recited at Veluvana - e.g., Asampadāna, Upahāna,
Ubhatobhattha, Kandagalaka, Kālabāhu, Kukkuta, Kumbhila, Kurunga, Kurungamiga,
Giridanta, Guttila, Culladhammapāla, Cūlahamsa, Cūlanandiya, Jambu, Tayodhamma,
Thusa, Dummedha, Dūbhiyamakkata, Dhammaddhaja, Nigrodha, Parantapa, Pucimanda,
Mangala, Manicora, Manoja, Mahākapi, Mahāhamsa, Mūsika, Romaka, Rohantamiga,
Ruru, Lakkhana, Latukika, Vānara, Vānarinda, Vinīlaka, Virocana, Saccankura,
Sañjīva, Sabbadātha, Sarabhanga, Sāliya, Sigāla, Sīlavanāga, Suvannakakkata,
Hamsa and Hāritamātā. Most of these refer to Devadatta, some to Ajātasattu, and
some to Ananda's attempt to sacrifice his life for the Buddha.
The books mention, in addition, various suttas which were preached there.
Among those who visited the Buddha at Veluvana were several devaputtas:
Dīghalattha, Nandana, Candana, Sudatta, Subrahmā, Asama, Sahali, Ninka, Akotaka,
Vetambari and Mānavagāmiya; also the Dhanañjanī brahmin; the Bhāradvājas:
Akkosaka, Asurinda, Bilangika, Aggika, Acela Kassapa, Susīma; the thirty monks
from Pāvā (S.ii.187); Theras, like Mahākappina Aññākondañña (just before his
death); Sonagahapatiputta, Samiddhi, Moliya Sīvaka, Tālaputa, Manicūlaka,
Mahācunda (during his illness), (S.v.181) Visākha (after his visit to
Dhammadīnnā, who preached to him the Culla Vedalla Sutta), Abhayarājakumāra,
Gulissāni, Vacchagotta, Bhūmija, Samiddhi, Aciravata, Sabhiya, Vassaka,
Suppabuddha, Pilindavaccha, Jānussoni and the princess Cundī; also Bimbisāra's
wife, Khemā, who went to Veluvana because she had heard so much of its beauty.
Sāriputta and Ananda visited the Buddha there on several occasions, sometimes
alone, sometimes in the company of others, and Ananda lived there for some time
after the Buddha's death, and during his stay there preached the
Sāriputta is mentioned as having held discussions there with, among others,
Candikāputta and Lāludāyī. A sermon preached by Mahā Kassapa to the monks at
Veluvana is given at A.v.161ff.; for other suttas preached by the Buddha, see
also S. i.231; ii.32, 183, 242, 254; iv.20; v.446; Ud.iv.9.
It is said that Māra visited Veluvana several times (E.g., S. i.106f ) in
order to work his will on the Buddha. The Buddha was there when three of the
monks committed suicide - Vakkali, Godhika and Channa - and he had
to pronounce them free from blame. News was brought to the Buddha, at Veluvana,
of the illness of three of his disciples - Assaji, Moggallāna and Dīghāvu
- and he set out to visit them and comfort them with talks on the
doctrine. Near Veluvana was a Paribbājaka Rāma, where the Buddha sometimes went
with some of his disciples in the course of his alms rounds. Two of his
discussions there are recorded in the Cūla- and Mahā Sakuladāyī Suttas.
During the Buddha's lifetime, two thūpas were erected at the gate of
Veluvana, one containing the relics of Aññā Kondañña (SA.i.219), and the other
those of Moggallāna (J.v.127).
Veluvana was so called because it was surrounded by bamboos (velu). It was
surrounded by a wall, eighteen cubits high, holding a gateway and towers
After the Buddha's death, Dāsaka, Upāli's pupil, lived at Veluvana, and there
ordained Sonaka with fifty five companions. From there Sonaka went to the
Kukkutārāma. (Mhv.v.115 f, 122; Dpv. iv.39).
The dedication of Veluvana was among the scenes depicted in the Relic Chamber
of the Mahā Thūpa (Mhv.Xxx.80).
On one side of the main building of the Veluvana vihāra was a building called
Ambalatthika (MA.ii.635). There was also a senāsana, built for the use of monks
practising austerities (MA.ii.932).
It is said that, after death, Vassakāra was born as a monkey in Veluvana and
answered to his name. He had been told during his lifetime that this destiny
awaited him, and therefore took the precaution of seeing that the place was well
supplied with fruit trees (MA.ii.854).
According to Hiouen Thsang (Beal., op. cit., ii.159), the Kalandaka nivāpa (Karandavenuvana,
as he calls it) lay one li to the north of Rājagaha.
2. Veluvana. A bamboo grove in
Kajangalā, where the
Buddha once stayed. The upāsakas of Kajangalā, having questioned the
Kajangalā-Bhikkhunī, went to the Buddha there and asked him to verify her
3. Veluvana. A bamboo grove in Kimbilā, where the Buddha stayed and
was visited by Kimbila. A.iii.247, 339: iv.84.
4. Veluvana. A monastery in Ceylon, built by Aggabodhi II. It was
given by him to the Sāgalikas (Cv.xlii.43). It probably lay between Anurādhapura
and Manihīra, and Sanghatissa once lay in hiding there disguised as a monk
(Cv.xliv.29; Cv.Trs.i.77, n.2). Jetthatissa III. gave to the vihāra the village
of Kakkalavitthi. Cv.xliv.99.
5. Veluvana. A monastery erected by Parakkamabāhu I. in the suburb of
Vijita in Pulatthipura. It consisted of three image houses, each three storeys
high, a thūpa, a cloister, a two storeyed pāsāda, four gateways, four long
pāsādas, eight small ones, one refectory, one sermon hall, seven fire hoses and
twelve privies. Cv.lxxiii.152, lxxviii.87f.; see also Cv.Trs.ii.113, n.1.