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Uttara-Kuru

, m. pl. [cf. sa. uttarāḥ Kuravah]
and (secondary usage) sing., Npr. of the mythical north-
ern continent which with the three other great continents

(mahā-dīpa), viz. Jambu-dīpa, Apara-Goyāna, and
Pubba-Videha, and 4 x 500 smaller dīpas surrounding
the great ones constitutes a
cakka-vāḷa or world system
(cf. PPN; Lüders, Varuṇa 288 — 293; Kirf.-Kosm.);
~ is a paradise, described at length D III 199,25 foll.:
yen' ~ū rammā . . . manussā tattha jāyanti amamā
apariggahā, na te bījaṁ pavapanti . . . ; — Apa-
ragoyānaṁ [read °yānānaṁ ?] ~ūnañ ca manussā
... gehâbhāvato bhūmisayā, Th-a III 177,1 ad Th 1202
ye ca bhūmi-sayā narā; cf. Uttarakuruka; —
Kuruyo ti ~ū, Ja VI 279,4'; — sakala-Jambudīpe
Pubbavidehe Aparagoyāne ~umhi dvīsu paritta-
dīpa-sahassesū ti sakala-cakkavāle, Sv 678,17 = Spk
I 74,8; cf. Pj I 176,23 — 177,4; Ap-a 449,20; ~u aṭṭha-
sahassa-yojano, Pj II 443,22 = Vism 207,5 (°yoja-
naṁ, w. r. ?); sahassadhā loko, tasmiṁ . . . sahassaṁ
Jambudīpānaṁ . . . sahassaṁ ~ūnaṁ, A I 227,32; —
imasmiṁ dīpe suriy'uggamana-kalo . . . ~ūsu atthaṅ-
gamana-kālo, . . . Pubbavidehe uggamana-kālo ~ūsu
majjhantiko . . . , Sv 868,6; — yathā imasmiṁ dīpe
jambu-rukkho kappa-ṭṭhāyī, tathā . . . ~ūsu kappa-
rukkho, Mp II 34,27; yañ c'etaṁ jambuyā pamāṇaṁ,
etad eva . . . ~ūsu kappa-rukkhassa, As 298,30 =
Nidd-a II 42,34; — cakkavattino itthi-ratanaṁ . . .
Maddarāja-kulato vā ānenti ~uto vā puññânubhā-
vena sayaṁ āgacchati, Sv 626,13 = Mhbv 77,4 (cf.
itthi-ratana); analogous story of wife of Jotiya-seṭṭhi
Dhp-a IV 209,13 (≠ Paṭis-a 677,23): tena pana sad-
dhiṁ kata-puñña-kammā itthī ~usu nibbatti; atha
naṁ devatā tato ānetvā sirigabbhe nisīdāpesuṁ; —
~ being the land of plenty, the notion of ascetics and
monks visiting it through
iddhi power to beg alms is
very popular:
(tāpaso) ~umhi piṇḍāya caritvā, Ja V
316,20; bhikkhā-cāra-velāya keci (isayo) ~uṁ gac-
chanti, VI 100,23; tāpaso . . . ~uṁ gantvā tato āhā-
raṁ āharitvā, Bv-a 187,22; (isi) Anotatte mukhaṁ
dhovitvā kale sampatte ~umhi piṇḍāya caritvā, Spk I
117,15 = Mp III 88,8; eko thero . . . iddhiyā gantvā
~uto piṇḍa-pātaṁ āharitvā, Th-a I 42,21 ≠ Mp I
273,16; cf. Th-a II 113,10; (mahā-thero) Anotatte
mukhaṁ dhovitvā ~usu piṇḍa-pātaṁ caritvā, Pj II
420,23 ≠ Dhp-a II 211,6; (bhagavā) ~uṁ gantvā
tato piṇḍa-pātaṁ āharitvā Anotatta-dahe paribhuñ-
jitvā, Vin I 28,2; bhagavā . . . Anotatta-dahe mu-
khaṁ dhovitvā ~ūsu piṇḍa-pātaṁ gahetvā Anotatta-
daha-tīre paribhuñjati, Vism 391,8 ≠ As 16,17; Dhp-a
III 222,13; cf. Jinak 30,30; Mhv I 18; Samantak 508;
begging in ~ forbidden by Buddha: "sādhu, bhante,
sabbo bhikkhu-saṅgho ~uṁ piṇḍāya gaccheyyā" ti;
"alaṁ, Moggallāna, mā te rucci . . . ~uṁ gamanan"
ti, Vin III 7,17; cf. Dhp-a II 154,4; — stones for stūpa
in Ceylon brought from ~ : ~uṁ gantvā . . . cha
meda-vaṇṇe pāsāṇe āharitvā, Thūp 80,9; cf. Mhv-ṭ
550,31; — °-taṇḍula, m., rice from U.; Jotiya-
seṭṭhī āgatâgatānaṁ ~ānaṁ bhattaṁ pacāpetvā
dāpesi, Dhp-a IV 210,4 ≠ Paṭis-a 677,37; — °-dīpa,
m., the continent U.; Sadd 251,2; — °-pañha, m., the
guestion
(of king Milinda) relating to U.; Mil 84,26
— 85,9.