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Kaṇha

1. Kaṇha.– A name for Māra (q.v.) e.g., Sn.v.355; M.i.377; D.ii.262; Thag.v.1189.

2. Kaṇha.– The name of the Bodhisatta; he was born in a brahmin family and later became a sage. He is also called Kaṇha-tāpasa, and is mentioned among those the memory of whose lives caused the Buddha to smile. See Kaṇha Jātaka (2). DhsA.294, 426.

3. Kaṇha.– Another name of Vāsudeva (J.iv.84, 86; vi.421; PvA.94 ff ); the scholiast explains that he belonged to the Kaṇhāyana-gotta (q.v.)

4. Kaṇha.– Son of Disā, a slave girl of Okkāka. He was called Kaṇha because he was black and, like a devil (kaṇha), spoke as soon as he was born. He was the ancestor of the Kaṇhāyana-gotta (D.i.93). Later he went into the Dekkhan and, having learnt mystic verses, became a mighty seer. Coming back to Okkāka, Kaṇha demanded the hand of the king’s daughter Maddarūpī. At first the request was indignantly refused, but when Kaṇha displayed his supernatural powers he gained the princess. D.i.96 f; DA.i.266.

5. Kaṇha.– A Pacceka Buddha, mentioned in the Isigili Sutta. M.iii.71.

6. Kaṇha.– A fierce black dog. See Mahākaṇha Jātaka.

7. Kaṇha.– See Kaṇhadīpāyana.

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