A garden at Sāketa. In it was a
Deer-park where the Buddha used to stay. On one such occasion
Kakudha came to
see him (S.i.54), and also the Paribbājaka Kuñdaliya (S.v.73) who lived near by.
Here were preached the Sāketa Sutta, (S.v.219) the
Sāketa Jātaka (J.i.308;
DhA.iii.317ff.; SnA.531) and the Jarā Sutta.
When Ananda was staying there a nun of
the Jatila persuasion visited him and questioned him on the use of samadhi
The Thera Jambugāmiyaputta (ThagA.ii.86;
SnA.531) dwelt there while yet a novice. Once the Buddha was staying at
Añjanavana with a large company of monks and some of the monks slept on the
sandbanks of the river Sarabhū near by. During the night floods rose and the
Thera Gavampati controlled the water by his mystic powers (Ibid., i.104;
The elder Bhūta (ThagA.ii.494) stayed in
Añjana-vana while visiting his relatives in Sāketa, and the Thera
spent the rainy season there on a couch (ThagA.ii.127). There
Sujātā met the
Buddha, and having listened to his discourse became an arahant (Thig.vv.145-50).
In ancient times the king of Kosala used
to hunt in this garden, thus it was that the deer Nandiya met him (J.iii.270f).
The garden was so-called because it was
thickly covered with añjanna-creepers that bore collyrium-coloured flowers.
Others say that añjana is the name of a spreading tree (ThagA.ii.128;