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  • Kanirajānu Tissa

King of Ceylon (A.D.89-92). He slew his elder brother Āmandagāmani Abhaya and occupied the throne. He once gave judgment in a lawsuit concerning the uposatha-house in the Cetiyagiri vihāra, and sixty monks who were found guilty of treason against him were captured by his orders and flung into a cave called Kanira. Hence, probably, his name. Mhv.xxxv.9ff; MT.640; Dpv. xx.38.

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