v.l. Āḷāra.– A landowner of Mithilā, described also as Videha and Videhiputta, an inhabitant of the Videha country (J.v.166, 167). While journeying on business, in a carriage, attended by five hundred wagons, he saw the Nāga king, Saṅkhapāla, being ill-
Later, realising that the Nāga’s wonderful possessions were the fruit of good deeds done in the past, he became an ascetic in Himavā and afterwards took up his abode in the king’s park in Bārāṇasī. The king, seeing him on his begging-
Later he was born in the Brahma-
Aḷāra was a previous birth of Sāriputta (Ibid., 177).