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Mahāsoṇa

1. Mahāsoṇa.– An evil-natured horse of Brahmadatta, king of Bārāṇasī.

See the Suhanu Jātaka.

2. Mahāsoṇa.– One of the ten chief warriors of Duṭṭhagāmaṇī. He was born in Hunadarīvāpī in the Kuḷumbarī district as the eighth son of a man named Tissa. He was as strong as ten elephants, and took a prominent part in the attack on Vijitapura. Mhv.xxiii.2, 46 ff; xxv. 27 f; 44 f. See also Ras.ii.86 f.

3. Mahāsoṇa.– A monk in the time of Vaṭṭagāmaṇī-Abhaya. During the troubles caused by the brigand Brāhmanatissa, he travelled about in the company of Isidatta Thera, maintaining themselves on whatever they could find. One day a maiden made three balls of food, gave one to Isidatta, the second to Mahāsoṇa, and wished to give the third to Isidatta; but her hand turned, and the food fell into Mahāsoṇa’s bowl. Later, he lived with five hundred others in Maṇḍalārāma-vihāra. One day, while in Kālakagāma for alms, they were entertained by a pious devotee. The latter asked for Mahāsoṇa and showed him special honour, though Mahāsoṇa was only a junior monk. Some time after, Mahāsoṇa returned to the Mahāvihāra in Anurādhapura and received many gifts, which he distributed among the Saṅgha. VibhA.446 ff.

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