Posted on: 16 January 2013

Digital Rare Book:
The Life of Hiuen-Tsiang
By the Shaman Hwui Li
With an introduction by Samuel Beal
Published by Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., London - 1914

Book Extract:

"Arena of Charity:

The king hearing this was delighted, and on the twenty-first day he went forward, conducting him to the kingdom of Po-lo-ye-kia (PRAYAGA), and proceeded to the great distribution arena. This was bounded on the north by the Ganges (King-Kia), and on the south by the Jumna (Yen-mu-na). These two rivers coming from the north-west and flowing eastward, unite their stream in this kingdom.

On the west of the place of junction of the two rivers there is a great plain some fourteen or fifteen li in circuit. It is flat and even like a mirror. From days of old the various kings have frequented this spot for the purpose of practising charity : and hence the name given to it, the " Arena of Charitable Offerings'' There is a tradition which says that it is more advantageous to give one mite in charity in this place than a thousand in any other place : and therefore from old times this place has been held in honour."

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