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Ākāsa-gaṅgā

, f. [sa. ākāśa-gaṅgā], 1. the
heavenly river, the river that flows southwards from

Anotatta (q. v.); Npr. of river Ganges which is said
to flow in the sky until it descends to earth. For synonyms

see Abh 27; cf. adho-Gaṅgaṁ and adho-Gaṅgāya. —
Geographical description at Mp IV 110,2 (ākāsena
saṭṭhiyojanaṁ gataṭṭhāne ~ā) = Pj II 439,14 =
Ps III 37,5 ≠ Ap-a 303,12; see also PPN. — nom. sg.
~ā, As 15,21 ~ā viya; acc. sg. ~aṁ, see below; gen. sg.
~āya, Mhv-ṭ 515,3; 562,24; abl. sg. ~āto, Ps II 254,8
(~ato w. r. in EeSe, see Ce 416,10: ~āto bhassamānaṁ
udakaṁ viya). — In similes: ~am otārento viya,
Sv 973,30 = Ps III 25,19 = V 58,6 = Spk I 306,1 =
II 183,10 = III 50,25 = Mp I 165,30 = Ud-a 419,10
- Ja I 95,19—96,1 = II 65,27 = III 344,5 = Dhp-a
III 360,9. — ~āya udakapitthiṁ uttinno, Mhv-t
562,24 ad Mhv XXXI 12 Gangaṁ ogato. — —
°-gatisobhā, f., the beauty of the flow of Ā°; ~aṁ
abhibhavamānā viya, Ps IV 216,18; — °-patita-
ṭṭhāna
, n., the place where the Ā° descends (on the
earth
); ~e satatatintake, Mhv XXIX 5 (= Anotatta-
dahato nikkhantāya saṭṭhiyojanikāya Ākāsagaṅgāya
patitaṭṭhāne, Mhv-ṭ 515,17-18). — 2. Npr. of a canal
(mātikā) in Ceylon built by Parākramabāhu I in the
12th c
, Mhv LXXIX 25; see PPN.