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Monks of the Jetavana fraternity were known as Sagliyas as they accepted the views of an elder known as Sagala, who began to propagate his own interpretation of Buddhist scriptures.   Gradually the Jetavana monastery developed as a centre of North Indian Buddhism.


Monks of the Jetavana fraternity resided first of all at the Dakkhina Vihara, a monastery built by Saddhatissa (77-59 BCE).  During the reign of  Voharika Tissa (269-291 CE) the elder named Ussiliya Tissa and his 300 followers, having dissafiliated from the Abhayagiri fraternity took their abode in the Dakkhina Vihara.  When the great Jetavana Vihara was built by King Mahasena (334-362 CE) within the boundaries of Mahavihara disregarding the protests of its authorities this new Vihara was given to an elder named Tissa or Kohon Tissa of the Dakkhina Vihara.  He was charged by the Mahavihara monks with having committed an offence of the gravest nature.  Tissa was found guilty by the judge who enquired into this charge and was disrobed, although this verdict was considered to be against the wish of the king.  The Jetavana fraternity remained until the unification of the sangha by King Parakramabàhu I.


The Jetavana stupa.


No contemporary adherents.

Main Centre

Buildings of the Jetavana monastery are located in the south of Anuradhpura city.