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Soṇuttara

1. Soṇuttara Thera.– An Arahant. He lived in the Pūjā-pariveṇa in the Mahāvihāra and was entrusted by Duṭṭhagāmaṇī with the task of finding relics for the Mahā Thūpa. In the time of the Buddha he had been the brahmin Nanduttara, and had entertained the Buddha on the occasion on which, at Payāgatittha, Bhaddaji Thera had raised, from the bed of the Gaṅgā, the palace he had occupied as Mahāpanāda. Filled with marvel, Nanduttara wished that he might have the power of procuring relics possessed by others. Soṇuttara visited the Mañjerika-nāga-bhavana and asked the Nāga king, Mahākāḷa, to give him the relics that he had there and which had once been enshrined in Rāmagāma. However, Mahākāḷa, unwilling to part with them, told his nephew, Vāsuladatta, to hide them. Soṇuttara knew this, and when Mahākāḷa told him he might take the relics if he could find them, Soṇuttara, by his magic power, took the relic casket from Vāsuladatta, unknown to him, and brought it to Anurādhapura, where the relics were deposited in the Mahā Thūpa. Mhv.xxxi.4‑74.

2. Soṇuttara.– A brahmin of Kajaṅgala, father of Nāgasena Thera. Mil.8.

3. Soṇuttara.– The name given to the princes of Suvaṇṇabhūmi (q.v.) after the visit of Soṇa and Uttara to that country. Mhv.xii.54.

4. Soṇuttara.– The horse on which Tissa Buddha left the household life. BuA.189.

5. Soṇuttara.– Devadatta born as a hunter. See the Chaddanta Jātaka.

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