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|Buddhist Dictionary of Pali Proper Names by G P Malalasekera|
|Tissamahā：A monastery in Rohana，founded by Kākavanna-Tissa （Mhv．xxii．23）．It was also called Tissārāma （Mhv．xxii．28）．It was one of the chief monastic establishments in Ceylon and was a place of pilgrimage．Some of the Sinhalese chronicles mention that Kākavanna-Tissa built another vihāra of the same name on the east coast of Ceylon，at the place now known as Seruvila，where the Buddha’s frontal bone is deposited．The Mahāmeghavanārāma is also sometimes called the Tissamahārāma （E．g．，Mhv．xx．25），and Tissārāma （Mhv．xv．174，179，203）．Dappula gave to the Tissamahā-vihāra the village of Kattikapabbata （Cv．xiv．59）．
Buddhaghosa says （DA．ii．581） that in his time all monks living in Ceylon，south of the Mahāvālukanadī，assembled there twice a year，on the first and last day of the vassa．