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Maṇi-akkhi, Maṇi-akkhika

1. Maṇi-akkhi, Maṇi-akkhika.– A Nāga king of Kalyāṇi, maternal uncle of Mahodara.

He came to take part in the battle between Mahodara and Cūḷodara, and having heard the Buddha teach on that occasion, begged him to visit his kingdom. The Buddha agreed, and, three years later went to Kalyāṇi in the eighth year after the Enlightenment on the full-moon day of Vesākha. The Nāga entertained him and his five hundred monks on the spot where, later, the Kalyāṇi cetiya was built. Mhv.i.63 ff; xv.162; Dpv.ii.42, 52; it is said that Maṇi-akkhika went to Jambudīpa to bring the Buddha to Sri Lanka (MT.111). According to the Extended Mahāvaṃsa (i.700) he was the maternal uncle (mātula) of Mahodara.

2. Maṇi-akkhika.– The youngest of the three sons of Mahātīssa and Saṅghasivā. Cv.xlv.40.

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