1. Vejayanta. A pāsāda belonging to Sakka.
When Moggallāna visited Sakka to
discover if he had fully understood the Buddha's
teaching in the Cūlatanhā sankhaya
Sutta, Sakka tried to evade his questions by showing him this palace. It has
one hundred towers, each seven stories high, with seven nymphs in each storey,
waited on by seven attendants. The palace appeared in
Tāvatimsa on the day of Sakka's decisive
victory over the Asuras. Moggallāna allowed
himself to be shown round, and then, with his big toe, he made the palace quake
M.i.252f.; cf. Thag. 1196f.; ThagA.ii.184. The palace was also made to rock
by the novice Sangharakkhita (q.v.) on
the day he joined the Order (DA.ii.558).
The palace is one thousand leagues high, and is so called because it arose in
the hour of victory (J.i.203). It is decked with banners, each three hundred
leagues long - banners of gold on jewelled staffs and vice versa; and the
whole palace is built of the seven precious substances. It arose as the result
of the rest house built by Sakka, in his birth as Magha, for the use of the
multitude (DhA.i.273; cf. DA.iii.698). When the Buddha visited
Tāvatimsa with Nanda,
Sakka was in the palace with his crimson footed (kakutapādiniyo) nymphs and came
forward with them to greet him. The nymphs had given oil for the massaging of
Kassapa Buddha's feet, hence the colour of their own feet. SnA.i.274.
When King Sādhīna of
Mithilā went to Tāvatimsa, he lived,
according to human computation, seven hundred years in Vejayanta (J.iv.357).
The Vejayantapāsāda is illustrated on the Bharhut Tope. Cunningham, Bharhut
Tope, p. 137.
2. Vejayanta. A chariot owned by Sakka, one hundred and fifty leagues
in length (DA.ii.481; SA.i.261; J. i.202), and drawn by one thousand horses, with
Mātali as charioteer (S.i.224).
Sakka rode into
battle in this chariot (J.i.202), and it was sent to fetch distinguished humans
to Tāvatimsa - e.g.,
Nimi, Guttila and
Sudhābhojana Jātaka (J.v.408f )
contains a description of the chariot with its pole of gold and its framework
overlaid with gilt representations of various animals and birds. When the
chariot travelled the whole world was filled with the sound of its wheels.
3. Vejayanta. The chief of the eighty four thousand chariots owned by
Mahāsudassana (S.iii.145; D.ii.187). The navel of its wheels was made of
sapphire, the spokes of seven kinds of precious things, the rim of coral, the
axle of silver, etc. SA.ii.237.