A Paribbājaka. Once, when he was staying
with a large number of colleagues at the Udumbarikārāma near
on his way to see the Buddha, stopped him and entered into conversation. The
Buddha, by his divine ear, hearing their talk, approached them and continued the
discussion with Nigrodha; this discussion is recorded in the
Udumbarika Sīhanāda Sutta.
D.iii.36ff.; this discussion is also referred to in the
Kassapa Sihanāda Sutta (D.i.175 f.).
There Nigrodha is said to have felt great joy, but this is not mentioned in the
Udumbarika Sihanāda (see D.iii.57).
The Bodhisatta born as the son of a Banker in Rājagaha, later becoming king
of Benares. For details see the Nigrodha Jātaka.
3. Nigrodha Thera
He belonged to an eminent brahmin family of Sāvatthi. On the day of the
dedication of Jetavana, he saw the majesty of the Buddha and entered the Order,
becoming an arahant soon after. Eighteen kappas ago, in the time of Piyadassī
Buddha, he left great riches and became an ascetic, dwelling in a sāla grove.
Once, seeing the Buddha wrapped in samādhi, he built a bower over him, and stood
there with clasped hands until the Buddha awoke from his samādhi. Then, at the
Buddha's wish, the Sangha too came to the sāla grove, and in their presence the
Buddha predicted the ascetic's future (ThagA.ii.74f; Thag.21).
Nigrodha is probably identical with Sālamandapiya of the Apadāna.
Ap.ii.431f.; but the same Apadāna verses are also given under Tissa Thera
See Nigrodhamiga and Vattabbaka
A Sākiyan, owner of the Nigrodhārāma. J. i.88.
Commonly known as Nigrodha sāmanera. He was the son of Sumana, the eldest of
Bimbisāra's children, and his mother was Sumanā. When
Asoka slew Sumana, his wife, who was with child, fled to a candāla village,
where the guardian deity of a nigrodha tree built her a hut. Here she gave birth
to her son, whom she named after her benefactor. The chief candāla looked after
them. When Nigrodha was seven years old, the Thera
Mahāvaruna ordained him, and he became
an arahant in the tonsure hall. One day, while walking near the palace, Asoka
saw him and, because of their connection in a past life, was attracted by him.
Nigrodha had been one of the three brothers who gave honey to a Pacceka Buddha
in a past life (for the story see Asoka and Mhv.v.49ff). Nigrodha had called the
Pacceka Buddha a candāla, hence he was born in a candāla village. Asoka invited
Nigrodha to the palace and entertained him, and Nigrodha preached to him the
Appamāda Vagga. The king was greatly pleased, and offered to give food daily at
the palace to thirty two monks in Nigrodha's name. It was this visit of Nigrodha
to Asoka which ultimately resulted in the conversion of the latter to the faith
of the Buddha (for details see ibid., 37-72; Dpv. vi.34ff.; vii.12, 31;
Sp.i.45ff). It is said (MA.ii.931) that Asoka paid great honour to Nigrodha
throughout his life. Three times a day he sent to Nigrodha gifts of robes
carried on the backs of elephants, with five hundred measures of perfume and
five hundred caskets of garlands. All these Nigrodha would distribute among his
colleagues, and most of the monks of Jambudīpa at that time wore robes, which
were the gift of Nigrodha.
Called Māragiri. A general of Parakkamabāhu I. He was stationed at Uddhavāpi.
A locality in Anurādhapura, through which the sīmā of the Mahāvihāra passed.
Dpv.xiv.34; Mhv.136; Mhv. p. 332. vs.14.