A Licchavi chief, mentioned as having visited
the Buddha at the Kūtāgārasālā to ask
if he had seen Sakka (S.i.230; DhA.i.263ff. add
that the Buddha here related to him the story of Magha)
and also to beg information as to the teachings of
Pūrana Kassapa (S.iii.68). This
conversation resulted from Mahāli having heard the
Sakkapañha Sutta. (See
Mahāli was educated at Takkasilā. After his
return to Vesāli, he devoted himself to the
education of the young Licchavi men, but, through overexertion, lost his sight.
He continued to instruct them, however, and was given a house by the gate, which
led from Sāvatthi into Vesāli. The revenue
from this gate, worth one hundred thousand, was given to him (DhA.i.338). When
Bandhula came to Vesāli, to satisfy the
pregnancy longings of his wife Mallikā, Mahāli, hearing the rumble of his
chariot, instantly recognised it. He warned the Licchavis not to interfere with
Bandhula, and, finding that they insisted on pursuing him, urged them to turn
back when they saw Bandhula's chariot sink up to the nave, or at least when they
heard a, sound like the crash of a thunderbolt, or when they saw a hole in the
yokes of the chariot. But they paid no heed to his warnings and were killed
(DhA.i.350f.; J. iv.148f).
When the Licchavis decided to invite the Buddha to Vesāli, to rid the city of
its plagues, Mahāli it was who went with the son of the purohita to
Veluvana to intercede with Bimbisāra, that he
might persuade the Buddha to come. Mahāli was a favourite of Bimbisāra and a
member of his retinue. He had attained sotāpatti at the same time as the king
This Mahāli is perhaps identical with the Mahāli mentioned in the Apadāna
(Ap.ii.494, vs.28) as the father of Sīvalī. His
wife was Suppavāsā.
2. Mahāli. See Otthaddha.
3. Mahāli. A Sākiyan prince, one of seven grandsons of Amitodana. They
were brothers of Bhaddakaccānā, wife of Panduvāsadeva, and came to Ceylon, where
they settled. Dpv. x.6. See Mhv.ix.6, 9.