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Gopāla

1. Gopāla.– King Udena’s son. Gopāla was also the name of the father of Udena’s queen consort, Gopālamātā-devī. AA.i.118.

2. Gopāla.– One of the yakkha chieftains, to be invoked by the Buddha’s followers in time of need. D.iii.205.

3. Gopāla.– One of the four sons of the chaplain to King Esukārī. For their story see the Hatthipāla Jātaka. Gopāla is identified with Mahā-Moggallāna. J.iv.491.

4. Gopāla.– A millionaire, father of Tapassu and Bhallika, in the time of Kassapa Buddha. ThagA.i.48.

5. Gopāla.– A devaputta of Tāvatiṃsa. He was the teacher of Uracchadā-mālā and gave alms to the Buddha Kassapa and the monks; he heard the Dhamma but could get no special attainment. Mahā-Moggallāna met him during a visit to Tāvatiṃsa and, in answer to the elder’s questions, Gopāla gave an account of himself. Moggallāna thereupon taught him and he became a Stream-winner (sotāpanna). Vv.v.14; VvA.270 ff.

6. Gopāla.– A devaputta of Tāvatiṃsa. He had been a cowherd of Rājagaha and had once offered Mahā-Moggallāna a meal of junket and rice (kummāsa). Immediately afterwards he was bitten by a snake and died while watching the elder eat the meal he had given him. Vv.vii.6; VvA.308 f.

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