Dictionary of Pāli Proper Names • G.P. Malalasekera
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A monk of Kuṭumbiya-vihāra. Having heard the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta from Tissa Thera of Ambalena, he was on his way back when he met a wild elephant. By his virtue the elephant was subdued and Tissamahānāga took shelter from a storm under the elephant’s body. There he developed Arahantship. He then went to Viyolaka-vihāra with the elephant, and for thirty years the animal waited on him.
After death the monk’s remains were cremated at Kuṭumbiya-vihāra, and the elephant participated in the celebrations. Ras.ii.185 f.