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Mātaṅgaputta Thera

The son of Mātaṅga, a landowner of Kosala. He was idle, and, when rebuked, joined the monks, hoping thus to have an easy life. However, one day he heard the Buddha teach, entered the Order, and not long after became an Arahant.

In the time of Padumuttara Buddha he was a mighty Nāga king, and, seeing the Buddha travelling through the air, he honoured him by giving him his throat jewel (Thag.vss.231‑3; ThagA.i.348 ff). He is probably identical with Maṇipūjaka Thera of the Apadāna. Ap.ii.413 f.

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