1. Uttamā. A therī. She was born in a
banker's family in Sāvatthi and, having heard Patācārā preach, entered the
Order. She could not attain the climax of her insight, till Patācārā, seeing the
state of her mind, gave her admonition. Uttamā thereupon became an arahant
According to the Apadāna (quoted in
ThigA.) she joined the Order at the age of seven and attained arahantship within
In the time of Vipassī Buddha she had
been a slave-girl in a house in Bandhumatī. At that time King Bandhumā (Vipassī's
father) kept fast-days, gave alms and attended sermons, and the people followed
his pious example. The slave-girl joined in these pious acts, and on account of
her thoroughness in the observance of fast-days, she was, after death, reborn in
Tāvatimsa. She became the chief queen of the king of the devas sixty-four times,
and she was a Cakkavatti's wife in sixty-three births.
She is evidently identical with
Ekūposathikā of the Apadāna. Ap.ii.522f.
2. Uttamā. A therī. She was the daughter
of an eminent Brahmin of Kosala. Having heard the Buddha preach during one of
his tours, she left the world and soon won arahantship. She, too, had been a
slave girl in Bandhumatī in Vipassī's time. One day, seeing an arahant seeking
alms, she gladly offered him cakes (Thig.vv.45-7; ThigA.49f).
She is probably identical with
Modakadāyikā of the Apadāna (ii.524f).