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Naḷakāra

The Bodhisatta, born as a deva in Tāvatiṃsa. In his previous life he had been a farmer in Bārāṇasī. One day, while going to his fields, he saw a Pacceka Buddha. Thereupon he turned back, took the Pacceka Buddha home, fed him, and, with his son, built for him a hut with reed walls, on the banks of the Gaṅgā, looked after him in the rains and gave him robes to wear.

When Sumedhā, queen of Suruci, yearned for a son, Naḷakāra agreed to be born as her son, at Sakka’s request; he then came to be called Mahāpanāda (J.iv.318‑23). Regarding his son, see Saṅkha (DA.iii.806 f).

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