An epithet constantly used in connection with Ajātasattu.
Buddhaghosa explains it ¹ by saying that Videhī here means a wise woman and not the Videha lady, because Ajātasattu’s mother was the daughter, not of a king of Videha, but of a Kosala king.²
According to the Nirayāvalī Sūtra,³ there was, among the wives of Bimbisāra, Callanā, daughter of Cetaka, a rājā of Vaisāli, whose sister Trisālā was the mother of Mahāvīra. She was also called Srībhadrā.
According to the Tibetan Dulvā,⁴ Ajatasattu’s mother was Vāsavī, daughter of Simha of Vaisāli. It was foretold that Vāsavī’s son would kill his father.
Cf. Vedehikā, Vedehamuṇi.
¹ Vedehiputto ti, vedehīti paṇḍitā dhivacanaṃ etaṃ; paṇḍitiṭṭhiyā putto ti attho (SA.i.120); cf. DA.i.139.
² E.g., J.iii.121; iv.342; she was called Kosaladevī — e.g., J.ii.403.
³ Jacobi, Jaina Sutras, SBE.xxii. Introd., p.xiii.
⁴ Rockhill: Life of the Buddha, 63 f.