1. Nigrodha.– A wanderer (paribbājaka). Once, when he was staying with a large number of colleagues at the Udumbarikārāma near Rājagaha, Sandhāna, on his way to see the Buddha, stopped him and entered into conversation. The Buddha, by his divine ear, hearing their talk, approached them and continued the discussion with Nigrodha; this discussion is recorded in the Udumbarika Sutta ¹ (q.v.)
¹ D.iii.36 ﬀ; this discussion is also referred to in the Mahāsīhanāda Sutta (D.i.175 f ). There Nigrodha is said to have felt great joy, but this is not mentioned in the Udumbarika Sutta (see D.iii.57).
2. Nigrodha.– The Bodhisatta born as the son of a Banker in Rājagaha, later becoming king of Bārāṇasī. For details see the Nigrodha Jātaka.
3. Nigrodha Thera.– He belonged to an eminent brahmin family of Sāvatthi. On the day of the dedication of Jetavana, he saw the majesty of the Buddha and entered the Order, becoming an Arahant soon after. Eighteen world-
Nigrodha is probably identical with Sālamaṇḍapiya of the Apadāna. Ap.ii.431 f; but the same Apadāna verses are also given under Tissa Thera (ThagA.i.273).
5. Nigrodha.– A Sākyan, owner of the Nigrodhārāma (q.v.) J.i.88.
6. Nigrodha.– Commonly known as Nigrodha sāmaṇera. He was the son of Sumana, the eldest of Bimbisāra’s children, and his mother was Sumanā. When Asoka slew Sumana, his wife, who was with child, fled to a village of outcastes (caṇḍāla), where the guardian deity of a nigrodha tree built her a hut. Here she gave birth to her son, whom she named after her benefactor. The village headman looked after them. When Nigrodha was seven years old, the Thera Mahāvaruṇa ordained him, and he became an Arahant in the tonsure hall. One day, while walking near the palace, Asoka saw him and, because of their connection in a past life, was attracted by him. Nigrodha had been one of the three brothers who gave honey to a Pacceka Buddha in a past life (for the story see Asoka and Mhv.v.49 ﬀ). Nigrodha had called the Pacceka Buddha an outcaste, hence he was born in a village of outcastes. Asoka invited Nigrodha to the palace and entertained him, and Nigrodha taught him the Appamāda Vagga. The king was greatly pleased, and offered to give food daily at the palace to thirty-
7. Nigrodha.– Called Māragiri. A general of Parakkamabāhu I. He was stationed at Uddhavāpi. Cv.lxxii.164, 174.