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Mahāsumana

1. Mahāsumana.– The presiding deity of Samantakūṭa. He was a Stream-winner, and on the Buddha’s first visit to Sri Lanka obtained from him a handful of hair, which he placed in a sapphire shrine. This shrine was later known as Mahiyaṅgana Thūpa. Mhv.i.33 ff.

2. Mahāsumana.– elder son of Mahāmuṇḍa. He waited upon Anuruddha at his father’s house and his father offered to have him ordained. However, Anuruddha preferred his brother Cūḷasumana. DhA.iv.128 f.

3. Mahāsumana.– A Thera, present at the Foundation Ceremony of the Mahā Thūpa; when the foundation was laid, he offered jātisumana flowers. MT. 524, 527, 528.

4. Mahāsumana.– A devaputta of Ariṭṭhapabbata. Ras.ii.169.

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