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Buddhist Dictionary of Pali Proper Names by G P Malalasekera
Vetaranī:1.Vetaranī. A river in Mahā niraya (S.i.21; SN.vs.674).Buddhaghosa explains (SNA.ii.482) that this is the name of a mahatā khāraodikā nadī (the great ”Caustic River”) referred to in the Devadatta Sutta (M.iii.185).Its waters are sharp and bitter (tinhadhārā,khuradhārā) (SN.vs.674; cf.J.v.269),and the river flows by the Asipattavana.When beings enter it to bathe and drink (because it looks like a sheet of water) they are hacked by swords and other sharp weapons which stand concealed along the river bank.(SNA.ii.482; J.v.275; vi.105; where a long description is given of the horrors of Vetaranī.) Sometimes Vetaranī is used in a general way to indicate Niraya.(As ”desanāsīsa” – e.g.J.iii.473; SA.i.48; cf.J.iv.273).Those guilty of abortion are reborn in the Vetaranīnadī (J.v.269),as are also oppressors of the weak (J.vi.106).

2.Vetaranī. A physician of old,famous for curing snake bites.J.iv.496.

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