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Hatthārohaputta Thera

He was born in the family of an elephant driver of Sāvatthi and became expert in elephant lore. One day, while training an elephant by the river, he felt that it would be better if he were to train himself. So he went to the Buddha, heard him teach, and, having entered the Order, attained Arahantship (Thag.vs.77; ThagA.i.170 f).

In the time of Vipassī Buddha he was a householder. Having seen the Buddha, he offered him flowers and paid him homage. Forty-one world-cycles ago he was a king, named Varaṇa. He is probably identical with Gaṇṭhipupphiya Thera of the Apadāna. Ap.i.162.

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