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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Aggidatta - Chaplain to the King of Kosala, first to Mahakosala, and then to his son Pasenadi. Later he renounced the world and, with a large band of followers, wandered about Anga, Magadha and Kururattha,, teaching a cult of nature worship. The Buddha, seeing his upanissaya, sent Moggallana to convert him. Moggallana went to Aggidattas hermitage, but being refused shelter there, vanquished, by a display of iddhi power, a nagaraja, Ahicchatta, who lived in the neighbourhood, and occupied the nagas abode. While Aggidatta and his followers stand awestruck at this event, the Buddha appears, and realising that the Buddha is even greater than Moggallana, they pay homage to him. The Buddha preaches to them on the error of their ways. At the end of the discourse they become arahants (DhA.iii.241-7).

2. Aggidatta - A brahmin of Benares and father of the Bodhisatta, when the latter was born as Somadatta. The old man lived by ploughing, and one of his oxen having died, he decided, on the advice of his son, to ask the king for an ox. Somadatta, with great patience, trained him in all the formalities to be gone through in an appearance at court, but at the crucial moment when Aggidatta was making his petition to the king, he used the word take where he meant to use give. Somadattas presence of mind saved the situation (DhA.iii.124-5). In the Somadatta Jataka the name Aggidatta does not appear. In the present age he was the Thera Laludayi. J.ii.164f.

3. Aggidatta - A brahmin of Khemavati, father of the Buddha Kakusandha. His wife was named Visakha. D.ii.7; Bv.xxiii.14; J.i.42.

4. Aggidatta - See Gahvaratiriya.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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