An eminent lay disciple of the Buddha. He was an Anāgāmī, and offered to
perform a miracle himself before the Buddha showed the
Twin Miracle (DhA.iii.210). Culla-Anāthapindika
provided food for three months for the multitude, covering an area of twelve
leagues, which had assembled at Sāvatthi to
await the descent of the Buddha from Tāvatimsa
after his preaching of the Abhidhamma
Pitaka (DhA.iii.218; AA.i.71).
Five hundred monks fed daily at Culla-Anāthapindika's house in Sāvatthi
(DhA.i.339). He was one of the seven lay disciples of the Buddha who had each
five hundred followers (SA.iii.223). Culla-Anāthapindika is generally mentioned
(E.g., J. i.148; ii.287, iii.520) together with
Pasenadi, Visākhā, and
Anāthapindika as the Buddha's eminent
lay-patrons. His personal name is not known. The sobriquet was probably given on
account of his generosity, rivalling that of Anāthapindika.