A company of merchants once went astray in the forest without food or water, and, seeing a huge banyan-
The story was told in reference to a company of merchants from Sāvatthi, followers of the Buddha, who had a similar experience. However, having moderate desires, they made no attempt to cut down the tree. Then they returned to Sāvatthi, and, offering some of the precious things to the Buddha, made over the merit thereof to the deity of the tree. The Buddha praised them for their moderation. Sāriputta is identified with the Nāga king. J.iv.350 ﬀ.