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Mahādeva

1. Mahādeva Thera.– The Chief Disciple of Padumuttara Buddha. AA.i.114; but Bu.xi.24 calls him Devala.

2. Mahādeva Thera.– A disciple of Kakusandha Buddha, whom he accompanied to Sri Lanka, and who was left behind by the Buddha to look after the converts. Mhv.xv.89; Dpv.xv.38, 43; xvii.25; Sp.i.86.

3. Mahādeva Thera.– He conferred the going-forth (pabbajjā) on Mahinda (Mhv.v.206; Dpv.vii.25). After the Third Council he went as a missionary to Mahisamaṇḍala, where he taught the Devadūta Sutta, converting forty thousand people and conferring ordination on forty thousand more. Mhv.xii.3, 29; Dpv.viii.5; Sp.i.66.

4. Mahādeva.– A minister of Asoka, whose counsel was followed by Asoka in the arrangements for the despatch of a branch of the Bodhi-tree to Sri Lanka. Mhv.xviii.20.

5. Mahādeva Thera.– He was from Pallavabhogga, and was present with four hundred and sixty thousand monks at the Foundation Ceremony of the Mahā Thūpa. Mhv.xxix.38.

6. Mahādeva Thera.– He was an incumbent of Bhaggari, and was among those who were the last to become Arahants after renouncing the world with the Bodhisatta in previous births. J.iv.490.

7. Mahādeva Thera.– From Dāmahālaka. King Saṅghatissa heard him one day teach the merits of giving rice gruel, and thereupon instituted an abundant gift of rice gruel to the monks at the gates of Anurādhapura. Mhv.xxxvi.68.

8. Mahādeva.– A minister of Dappula II. He built the Dappula-pabbata-vihāra. Cv.l.80.

9. Mahādeva.– See Malaya Mahādeva.

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