A brahmin of Takkasilā, who killed King
Dhanananda and placed Candagutta on the throne (Mhv.v.16f.; Mbv.98). In his
youth Cānakka looked after his mother, and finding that she was worrying lest
he, who was destined for kingly power, should leave her, he broke his tooth,
having been told that there his luck resided. One day, on going for alms to
Dhanananda's palace, he was insulted, and in order to avenge the insult he
kidnapped the king's son, Pabbatakumāra. He then adopted Candagutta and, finding
him better fitted for kingship than Pabbata, he contrived that the latter should
be killed. When preparations had been made, he induced Candagutta to rise in
revolt against Dhanananda, and, finally, to kill him and ascend the throne. (See
MT.181ff for details, also Candagutta).
The Theragāthā Commentary (i.440) states
that Tekicchāni's father, Subandhu, roused the jealousy of Cānakka, who had him
put in prison.