A Lambakaṇṇā, son of Dāṭhāpabhuti. He fled to Jambudīpa, through fear of Kassapa I, and became a monk in the Bodhimaṇḍa-
In the time of Moggallāna I, he brought the Buddha’s Hair Relic to Sri Lanka and was greatly honoured by the king. Silākāla returned to the lay life, and Moggallāna appointed him sword bearer to the relic — hence his name, Asiggāhaka-
He married the king’s sister and also the daughter of Upatissa III. He then returned to the Malaya district, where he rebelled against Upatissa. He defeated the king’s son, Kassapa, who committed suicide, and when Upatissa died of grief, Silākāla became king under the name of Ambasāmanera-
He had three sons: Moggallāna, Dāṭhāpabhuti, and Upatissa. Cv.xxxix. 44, 55; xli.10 ﬀ.