A householder of Rājagaha. He was a follower of the
Buddha, and it was his conversation with the
Paribbājaka Nigrodha that led to
the preaching of the Udumbarika Sīhanāda Sutta.
Buddhaghosa says (DA.iii.832) that he was the leader of
five hundred upāsakas and was an anāgāmin. On one occasion, the Buddha sang his
praises in the assembly for six qualities which he possessed. In the Anguttara
he is mentioned in a list of eminent lay disciples (A.iii.451; cf. Dvy.540).