Home page Up (parent) Next (right) Previous (left) Abbreviations

Page last updated on 8 October, 2020

Association for Insight Meditation Home Page


1. Deva.– The leading disciple (aggasāvaka) of Sujāta Buddha. He was a chaplain’s son, and the Buddha’s first discourse was addressed to him and his friend Sudassana (J.i.38; BuA.168, 170). He is also called Sudeva (Bu.xiii.25).

2. Deva.– A devaputta, son of Virūpakkha and brother of Kāḷakaṇṇi (J.iii.261).

3. Deva.– A monk, resident in Kappakagāma (v.l. Kappukagāma). Vohārikatissa heard him teach and restored for him five buildings (Mhv.xxxvi.29; Dpv.xxii.41).

This may be the Thera whom Saṅghatissa heard teaching the Andhakavinda Sutta. The king, being very pleased with him, set up an offering of gruel to the monks of the Mahāvihāra (Dpv.xxii 50).

4. Deva.– A thera of Sri Lanka at whose request Upasena wrote the Mahā Niddesa Commentary (MNidA.i.1).

5. Deva.– A Thera of Sri Lanka, who, according to the Gandhavaṃsa (Gv. p.63), wrote the Sumanakūṭa-vaṇṇanā. This work is, however, generally ascribed to Vedeha (P.L.C.223 f; Svd.1263).

6. Deva.– General (senāpati) of Kittisirimegha. He was stationed at Badalatthalī, and accompanied Ratnāvalī when he took the young Parakkamabāhu to Kittisirimegha. Cv.xxvii.82.

7. Deva.– Laṅkādhināyaka. A general of Gajabāhu II. Cv.lxx.104, 324.

8. Deva.– A general of Parakkamabāhu I. He took part in the campaigns against Gajabāhu, and later was sent to his rescue in Pulatthipura. Deva was imprisoned there, and Parakkamabāhu sent housebreakers to release him, after which he was despatched with an army to Gangātatāka, where he defeated Mānābharana. At Hedillakhandagāma he defeated Mahinda. The last we hear of him is that he fell into his enemy’s power at a village called Surulla. Parakkamabāhu went to rescue him, but had to abandon the effort. It is possible that he was ransomed and became Laṅkāpura. (See below.) Cv.lxx.123, 153‑7, 245, 285, 300, 316; lxxii.45, 75, 82, 122, 137 f.

9. Deva.– A general of Parakkamabāhu I, called Laṅkāpura, probably identical with 9. He fought against Sūkarabhātu, and later took part in the Sinhalese expedition to South India and fought in fierce battles at Tirippāluru and Rājinā, capturing the latter place. Cv.lxxv.130; lxxvi.250, 310, 324, 326.

10. Deva.– A minister of Āyasmanta. He was sent to erect a vihāra at Valligāma. Cv.lxxx.38.

11. Deva.– A millionaire of Vedisagiri. His daughter Devī was married to Asoka, who met her while staying at her father’s house on his way to Ujjeni. MT.324; Sp.i.70.

12. Deva.– A minister of Devagāma. He once gave food to a starving dog. He was reborn in the same village, and later entered the Order at Pupphavāsa-vihāra. During the Brāhmanatiya famine a tree deity looked after him for twelve years. Once men looking for food wished to kill him, but he was saved by his luck. He became an Arahant, and the deity looked after him for twelve years more. Ras.ii.13 f.

Deva.– See also Malaya-deva and Mahādeva.