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Therikā

An Arahant Therī. She was born in a family of Vesāli and was so called because of her sturdy build. She married and became a devoted wife, accepting the Buddha’s teaching, after hearing him teach at Vesāli. Later she heard Mahāpajāpatī Gotamī and wished to leave the world, but her husband refused his permission. One day, while cooking, she developed the thought of impermanence and became a Non-returner. When her husband realised this, he took her to Pajāpatī, who ordained her.

In the past she had entertained Koṇāgamana Buddha and built for him an arbour with draped ceiling and sanded floor.

In the time of Kassapa Buddha she was a nun. Thig.1; ThigA., p.5.

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