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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A general of Dutthagamani. He was the son of Vasabha, a householder of Kutumbiyangana in Girijanapada. When the child was born, two friends of Vasabha, Vela and Sumana, came with gifts, and the boy was given their two names. When Velusumana grew up, he went to live with Sumana, governor of Girijanapada, and broke in a horse with which everyone else had failed. Sumana therefore gave him one hundred thousand and sent him to Kakavannatissas court (Mhv.xxiii.68ff).

When Viharadevi wished to drink water in which had been washed the sword which cut off the head of Nandasarathi, Elaras chief warrior, Velusumana was entrusted with the task of killing Nandasarathi. He therefore went to Anuradhapura, where he became friendly with the keeper of the kings state horse, Vaha. One day he took the horse to bathe in the Kadambanadi, and, after announcing his name, rode away on him. Elara sent Nandasarathi in pursuit. Velusumana stood concealed behind a thicket, on a mound called Nigrodhasala, with drawn sword, and as Nandasarathi rode past quickly, he was transfixed by Velusumanas sword (Mhv.xxii.51ff.; MT. 440f).

Velusumana took a prominent part in the capture of Vijitapura (Mhv.xxv.25). See also Ras.ii.6f. and 97f. where the details differ.

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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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