Dictionary of Pāli Proper Names • G.P. Malalasekera
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1. Ekadīpiya Thera.– An Arahant. Ninety-four world-cycles ago he kept a lamp lighted all night near the thūpa built over the relics of Siddhattha Buddha. For seventy-seven world-cycles he was in heaven and was thirty-one times king of the devas. Twenty-eight times be was king among men. His body shone like the sun, and he could see a distance of one hundred leagues. His palace in heaven was called Ekadīpi. He entered the Order at the age of four ¹ (?) and in a fortnight became an Arahant. Ap.ii.373.
¹ Not remarkable. The Vinaya allows a boy to be ordained as a novice if he is old enough to scare away crows (ed).
2. Ekadīpiya Thera.– An Arahant. In the past he had lighted a lamp before the salala-bodhi of Padumuttara Buddha. Sixteen thousand world-cycles ago he was four times king under the name of Candābha. Ap.i.189.