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Vedisadevī

Mother of Mahinda and Saṅghamittā and wife of Asoka.

She was the daughter of Deva, a millionaire of Vedisagiri. MT. 324.

Asoka met and married her while on his way to Ujjeni, there to become Viceroy. When he became king, Devī continued to live at Vedisagiri (Mhv.xiii.6 ff; Dpv.vi.16; Sp.i.70).

She had eight brothers: Bodhigutta, Sumitta, Candagutta, Devagutta, Dhammagutta, Suriyagutta, Gotama, and Jutindhara — who escorted the Bodhi-tree to Sri Lanka and were known as the Bodhi-dhāra princes. Mbv.165 f.

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