1. Kisāgotamī Therī.– An Arahant. She was declared chief among women disciples with respect to the wearing of coarse robes (lūkhacīvara-
(Except by her husband says the Apadāna loc. cit. 20. The DhA.ii.270 ﬀ account, however, makes no mention of her ill-
The boy, however, died when just old enough to run about; his mother, distraught with grief, fearful lest the dead child should be taken from her, went about with him on her hip, seeking medicine to revive his life. People laughed at her, until one wise man, realising her condition, directed her to the Buddha. The Buddha asked her to bring him a mustard seed from a house where no one had yet died. In the course of her search for the impossible her frenzy left her, and having grasped the truth, she laid the child in the charnel field, and returning to the Master begged admission to the Order. She became a Stream-
In the verses ascribed to her in the Therīgāthā (vv.213‑23), she incorporates the story of Paṭācārā in her own psalm, as though to utter more fully the pageant and tragedy inherent in woman’s lot, whereof her own sorrow was but a phase.
In the time of Padumuttara Buddha she was a householder’s daughter in Hamsavatī, and having heard the Buddha assign to a bhikkhuṇī the foremost rank among wearers of coarse robes, she vowed that one day the same rank should be her’s.
In the time of Kassapa Buddha she was the fifth daughter of Kikī and her name was Dhammā. Then she entered the Order and lived a celibate life (Ap.ii.564 f; ThigA.190 f). She is identified with the lizard in the Tittira Jātaka (J.iii.543).
2. Kisāgotamī.– A Khattiya-
Gotama was pleased by the mention of the word nibbuta, which to him meant deliverance, and as a mark of his gratitude sent her the necklace of pearls which he wore, worth one hundred thousand. She accepted it gladly as a token of his love (J.i.60 f; BuA.232 f). She is sometimes spoken of as a cousin of Gotama, his father’s brother’s daughter (pitucchādhītā). (e.g., DhA.i.70; DhSA.34. A parallel has been drawn between this story and that of Luke xi.27).
3. Kisāgotamī.– Wife of Phussa Buddha in his last lay life. Their son was Ānanda. Bu.xix.16.
4. Kisāgotamī.– One of the chief women supporters of Tissa Buddha. Bu.xviii.23.