Amara in Hindu legend, was a highly respected philosopher at the court of king Vikramaditya. He was the king's favorite, and had several surnames, as "the divine," "the lion." For twelve years he lived a secluded life in a woods, because there he believed Buddha to live. In a certain place called Buddhagaya he built a temple, and decorated it with numerous images of deities. He wrote books, some of which have been translated into Latin and English, and are of much value in the study of the Sanscrit language.