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Puṇṇaka

1. Puṇṇaka.– One of the stallions of Ekarāja. J.vi.135.

2. Puṇṇaka.– One of the sixteen disciples of Bāvarī, who visited the Buddha (SN. vs. 1006). His conversation with the Buddha is given in the PuṇṇakamāṇavaPucchā (Ibid., 1043‑48). At the end of the interview Puṇṇaka and his one thousand followers became Arahants. SNA.ii.590.

3. Puṇṇaka.– A yakkha chief, nephew of Vessavaṇa (J.vi.255). The story of how he won the Nāga maiden Irandatī is related in the Vidhura Jātaka. In his previous birth he had been a young man named Kaccāyana in the Aṅga country. J.vi.273 f; he is also called Kātiyāna (Kaccāna). He is also referred to as Puṇṇakaraja (J.iv.182). He is evidently identical with the Yakkha chieftain mentioned in the Āṭānāṭiya Sutta (D.iii.204) among those to be invoked by followers of the Buddha in times of tribulation. The gem used by Puṇṇaka as a stake in his gambling with Koravya was such that all things in the world could be seen in it (MT. 552). The shout of victory uttered by Puṇṇaka when he defeated Koravya was one of the four shouts heard throughout Jambudīpa. SNA.i.223.

4. Puṇṇaka.– A king of twenty-five world-cycles ago, a former birth of Asanabodhiya Thera. Ap.i.111.

5. Puṇṇaka.– Puṇṇaka was evidently not a name of high station. e.g., J.vi.273.

6. Puṇṇaka.– See also Puṇṇa.

Puṇṇaka Jātaka.– Another name for the Vidhura Jātaka.

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