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Jantu

1. Jantu.– A devaputta. He saw a number of monks in a forest-lodge on the slopes of the Himavā, muddled in mind, loose of speech and heedless. He appeared before them on an uposatha day and reminded them of their duties. S.i.61 f.

2. Jantu.– One of the five queens of Okkāka, founder of the third Okkāka dynasty. DA.i.258 f; SNA.i.352 f; MT.131.

3. Jantu.– Son of the third Okkāka, by a woman whom he appointed to be his chief queen when his first one, Hatthā, died. This woman was promised a boon and she asked that her son Jantu be appointed to succeed Okkāka, in preference to his other children. Okkāka first refused but was obliged to yield. His other sons and daughters thereupon left the kingdom and became the founders of the Sākyan race (DA.258 f; SNA.i.352 f; MT.131).

The Mahāvastu (i.348) calls him Jantu, Jentā, and his mother Jentī. He reigned in Sāketa.

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