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Kāḷigodhā

A Sākyan lady. She is declared to be a Stream-winner (sotāpanna), and a conversation between her and the Buddha, who visited her while staying at the Nigrodhārāma in Kapilavatthu, is recorded in the Kāḷigodha Sutta (S.v.396). In the sutta she is addressed as Godhā; she may have belonged to the same family as Godha (q.v.) She was the mother of Bhaddiya Thera, declared to be the best of the monks of aristocratic birth (Thag.v.864; A.i.23; ThagA.ii.55).

The Aṅguttaranikāya Commentary (AA.i.109) states that her name was Godhā, and that she was called Kāḷi because of her dark colour. She was the most senior of the Sākyan ladies of the time. Dhammapāla speaks of her as one who has attained the path (āgataphalā), one who has understood the teaching (viññātasāsanā), UdA.161.

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