An Asura chief (D.ii.259).
Buddhaghosa says (AA.ii.758) he
was one of the three leaders of the Asuras, the others being
Vepacitti and Rāhu.
He first conceived a wish to see the Buddha on the day of the Enlightenment; but
this wish was not fulfilled until eleven years later, when he visited the Buddha
at Verañjā. The conversation which then took place is recorded in the Pahārāda
Preached at the Nalerupucimandamūla in
Pahārāda (q.v.) visited the Buddha. In answer to a question, Pahārāda tells the
Buddha that there are eight wonderful characteristics of the ocean, on account
of which Asuras delight in it. The Buddha tells him of eight similar qualities
in his own teaching and discipline, wherefore monks find joy in them.