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Story of Sikhi Buddha
The Illustrated Jataka & Other Stories of the Buddha by C.B. Varma
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Buddha on the panel Cave 17,
Sikhi Buddha is the twentieth Buddha as known in the Pali tradition. The name of his father was Arunava and the mother was Pabhavati. The place, where he was born is called Arunavati. The name of his wife was Sabbakama. He had a son named Atula.
He lived in the
palaces of Suchanda, Giri and Vehana for seven thousand years until he
renounced the house-hold life riding on an elephant. He practised
austerities for eight months. Just before the Enlightenment he accepted
the milk-rice from Daughter-of-Piyadassi-Setthi; and sat on the seat
prepared by Anomadassi. The tree of his Enlightenment was Pundarika
(lotus). He delivered his first sermon in the Migachira Park and
demonstrated his twin-miracle at a place near Suriyavati under a Champaka
tree. Abhibhu and Sambhava were his chief monk disciples; and Akhila (or
Makhila) and Paduma were his principal female disciples. His chief
attendant was Khemankara. Sirivaddha and Chanda (or Nanda) were his chief
male patrons; and Chitta and Sugutta were the chief among the women.
He lived for seventy
thousand years and died in Dussarama (Assarama) in Silavati.
He was called Sikhi
because his turban (unhisa)
looked like a sikha (flame).
During his Age the Bodhisatta was born as king Arindama and ruled the kingdom of Paribhutta.
See Sikhi Sutta, Samyutta Nikaya iii.9.
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