Once, when Reṇu was king of Uttarapañcāla, an ascetic, Mahārakkhita, visited him with five hundred others from the Himavā. The king entertained them and told them of his worry because he had no sons. Some time later, when the ascetics were returning, Mahā Rakkhita saw that the king would have a son and told his companions so. One of the ascetics, a cheat, hoping to get gain thereby, feigned illness, and, returning to the palace, told the king that a son would be born to his queen, Sudhammā. The king showed him great honour, and he came to be called Dibbacakkhuka. In due course, the Bodhisatta was born as the king’s son, and was named Somanassa. When the boy was seven years old the king had to leave home to quell a border rising, and Somanassa was left in the charge of the cheating ascetic. The boy soon discovered his real nature and paid him no honour. As soon as the king returned, Dibbacakkhu complained to him that the prince had ill-
The story was related in reference to Devadatta’s attempt to kill the Buddha. He is identified with Dibbacakkhu, Sāriputta with Mahārakkhita and Somanassa’s mother with Mahāmāyā. J.iv.445 ﬀ.