A Nāga king, tamed by
Moggallāna. The Buddha and five
hundred monks, on their way to Tāvatimsa one morning, travelled over the Nāga
king's abode as he was having a meal. In anger, the Nāga coiled round Sineru and
covered the road to Tāvatimsa..
Thereupon several members of the Buddha's retinue,
Bhaddiya and Rāhula, offered to quell the Nāga's power,
but the Buddha would not agree until Moggallāna sought permission to do so. It
is said that no other monk had the power to face all the dangers created by the Naga and remain unscathed. Moggallanā and Nandopananda vied with one another in
the exhibition of their iddhi power, and, in the end, Nandopananda had to
acknowledge defeat. He was thereupon conducted to the Buddha, whose follower he
became. When Anāthapindika heard of Moggallana's victory, he celebrated it by
holding a great alms festival, lasting for seven days, for the Buddha and his
monks. ThagA.ii.188f.; J. v.126.
In the Divyāvadāna (p.395) Nanda and Upananda are spoken
of as two Nāga kings.
One of the Lohakumbhi Nirayas. SA.i.111.