Dictionary of Pāli Proper Names • G.P. Malalasekera
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A yakkha chieftain. Upavāṇa Thera, who at the time of Padumuttara Buddha had been a very poor man, set up his upper robe (uttarāsaṅga) as a banner on the shrine erected over the relics of the Buddha.
Abhisammataka had been appointed by the devas as guardian of the offerings at the shrine, and he went round the shrine three times carrying the banner, while he himself remained invisible. ThagA.i.308; Ap.i.72.