He belonged to a brahmin family of Bārāṇasī and was expert in the Vedas. Later, owing to his association with Vimala Thera, he entered the Order and lived with him. (However, according to ThagA.i.377, Vimala was ordained by Somamitta). However, finding Vimala given to sloth and laziness, Somamitta left him and joined Mahā-
Somamitta was a householder in the time of Sikhī Buddha, and, very pleased with the Buddha, he picked some kimsuka-
He is perhaps identical with Kiṃsukapūjaka Thera of the Apadāna. Ap.ii.435; but see ThagA.i.87.