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Ālokalena

, n., Npr., "the Cave of Light", the
present
Aḷuvihāra near Mātale (pa. Mahāthala,
Mahātila), some fifteen miles North of Kandy, Ceylon,
reputed as the scene where the Piṭakattayapāḷi and its
Aṭṭhakathā were committed to writing in Vaṭṭagāmaṇi
Abhaya's reign (89-77 B. C); the place is not specifi-
cally mentioned at
Mhv XXXIII 100 foll., but later
records:
~e nisinnā janapadâdhipatinā katârakkhā
potthakesu likhāpayuṁ, Ss 38,30 = Jinak 61,10;
Nikāyasll,9; Pūjāvaliya 19, ; Vaṭṭagāmaṇi-rājā-
naṁ nissāya (instead of janapadâdhipati), Sās 23,25;
Sirivijayarājasīha (1739—1747 A. D.) built a Buddha-
statue there, Mhv XCVIII 65. There are pre-Christian
inscriptions at some of the caves. See also
geiger,
Mhv trsl. ib.