Pāli names for Ceylon, found in the Chronicles - z.B., Dipavamsa, Mahāvamsa und the Commentaries.
An ancient tradition recorded in the Mahāvamsa (Mhv.xv. 57ff), und in the Samantapāsādikā (Sp.i.86ff), gives the names of the Island in the times of the three previous Buddhas, the names of the capital cities, the different names of Mahāmeghavana, und of the kings contemporary mit these Buddhas.
Besides Mahāmeghavana, the other physical feature of Ceylon, erwähnt in these accounts, is the mountain known in the present age as Sumanakūta, whereon the Buddha Gotama placed his footprint. During the ages of the three previous Buddhas, it was known, respectively, as Devakūta, Sumanakūtaka und Subhakūta. Gotama paid three visits to Ceylon, while the other three Buddhas came only once. During their visits they consecrated various spots by spending there a short time wrapt in meditation.
Lankā was once inhabited by Yakkhas. Gotama Buddha obliged them to leave the Island und seek shelter in the neighboring Giridīpa. Lankādīpa was later colonized by Vijaya und his three hundert companions. Two cities of the Yakkhas are erwähnt: Sirīsavatthu und Lankāpura.