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Paṇḍuka

1. Paṇḍuka.– One of the group of six monks (Chabbaggiyā). He and Lohitaka were leaders of a special group called the Paṇḍukalohitakā, who are mentioned as having been guilty of various offences against Vinaya rules (Vin.ii.1, 5, 6).

Paṇḍuka and Lohitaka lived at Jetavana and encouraged heretics by upholding their views. The Satapatta Jātaka was taught in reference to these two (MA.ii.668; J.ii.387).

They were the least evil of the group of six. Sp.iii.614.

2. Paṇḍuka.– A Damiḷa usurper. He killed Mittasena and reigned for five years over Sri Lanka (433‑8 A.C.), during which time he was unsuccessful in his attempts to kill Dhātusena, the rightful heir. Paṇḍuka’s son was Pariṇḍa. Cv.xxxviii.11, 21, 29.

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