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mahāsthāna (T. gnas chen; C. lingdi 靈地). Literally, "great site," "great place," etc.[1] This term refers to an important or sacred place.[2]

Traditional Buddhist sources list four or eight "great sites" in India, which are important places of pilgrimage.[1]

For details, see: Pilgrimage sites


  1. 1.0 1.1 Buswell & Lopez 2014, s.v. mahāsthāna.
  2. Internet-icon.svg gnas chen, Christian-Steinert Dictionary