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Sagara

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Sagara
沙竭羅竜王 (Skt; Jpn Shakara-ryuo, Shakatsura-ryuo, or Sha-gara-ryuo)

One of the eight great dragon kings assembled at the ceremony of the Lotus Sutra. In the "Devadatta" (twelfth) chapter of the Lotus Sutra, the dragon king Sagara is described as the father of a dragon girl who attained enlightenment at age eight. The Sanskrit word sagara means the ocean. According to the Long Agama Sutra, he lives in the dragon palace on the bed of the ocean, which, adorned with seven kinds of gems, measures eighty thousand yojanas in length and width. The Flower Garland Sutra describes Sagara as the dragon who causes rain to fall throughout the world.

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