Even in India there are but few places so rich in historical memories as Patna. Beneath the soil watered by the blood of Mir Kasim’s victims, lie the ruins of the ancient Buddhist capital, Pataliputra, the greatness of which had been foretold by Buddha a few months before his death .
Legend ascribes the origin of Patna to a mythological King Putraka who created Patna by magic for his queen Patali, literally "trumpet flower", which gives it its ancient name Pataligrama. It is said that in honour of the queen's first-born, the city was named Pataliputra. Gram is |Sanskrit for village and Putra means son .
In Pataliputra, India , which is now the city of Patna, legend also says that the Emerald Buddha was created in Patna (then Pataliputra) by Agrasena in 43 BCE...in Northern Thailand, lightning struck a pagoda in a temple in Chiang Rai, after which something became visible under the stucco . The Emerald Buddha was dug out and the people thought the figurine was made from emerald , hence its current name...The Buddha 's clothing are changed by the King of Thailand, to celebrate the changing of seasons .
He hailed from the Asmaka country, which comprised the present South Gujarat and North Maharashtra , through which the rivers Godavari and Narmada ?owed. He ?ourished at Pataliputra (modern Patna ) in the ancient Magadha country (now Bihar ) where he composed his works, the 'Aryabha?ya and A?abhapasz'ddhdnta.
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