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Bodhigutta

Brother of Vedisadevī.

He belonged to the Sākyan clan, and with Sumitta was leader of the retinue sent by Asoka to escort the branch of the Bodhi tree to Anurādhapura.

At the conclusion of the planting of the tree, Bodhigutta was taken by the king to Morapāsāda and there invested with the rank of Laṅkājayamahālekhaka (q.v.) amid great pomp and ceremony. He was given a house near the Bodhi tree. Later he married Sunandā, sister of Bodhiguttā, and had two children — Mahinda and Vidhurinda. Mbv.154 f., 163 f., 169.

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