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Pajāpati

1. Pajāpati.– A name given to Māra, because he uses his power over all creatures. M.i.2; MA.i.28.

2. Pajāpati.– One of the kings of the devas, mentioned with Sakka, Varuṇa, Īsāna, etc. S.i.219; D.i.244; in J.v.28 he is mentioned with Varuṇa and Soma; see also D.ii.274; DA.iii.709.

Buddhaghosa says (SA.i.262) that he, among the gods, was like Sakka in looks and that he lived to the same age, but in the assembly he occupied the second seat. He is sometimes mentioned with Brahmā, as distinct from him. J.vi.568, 571; M.i.140, 327, 329.

In the Āṭānāṭiya Sutta (D.iii.204) he is mentioned among the Mahā-yakkhā, to be invoked by followers of the Buddha in times of danger.

3. Pajāpati.– See Mahāpajāpatī Gotamī.

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