v.l. Veḷukaṇḍakī.– A lady of Veḷukaṇṭa. She is mentioned as an exemplary lay woman (A.i.88; ii.164). She made an offering for the Order headed by Sāriputta and Mahā-
Once she rose before dawn and sang the Pārāyana. Vessavaṇa happened to be passing over her house on his way from north to south (to see the Buddha, says SNA.i.369), and hearing the song, stopped at her window to praise it and to reveal his identity. She greeted him cordially, and in return for her greeting he announced to her that Sāriputta and Mahā-
Buddhaghosa says (AA.ii.718; cf. SNA.i.370) that she was a Non-
The Suttanipāta Commentary (SNA.i.370) states that she kept a daily fast and knew the Piṭakas by heart. It also says that, at the end of her recital of the Parāyana, Vessavaṇa offered her a boon, and she asked that, as her servants were weary of carrying the harvest home from the fields, Vessavaṇa should allow his yakkhas to do the work for them. To this he agreed, and his followers filled for her one thousand two hundred and fifty store houses. Vessavaṇa then went to the Buddha and told him of what had happened.
The Dhammapada Commentary (DhA.i.340) mentions Veḷukaṇḍakī Nandamātā and Khujjuttarā as the chief lay women disciples of the Buddha. However, in the Aṅguttaranikāya’s list of eminent female lay disciples, while Khujjuttarā is mentioned, Veḷukaṇḍakī Nandamātā’s name does not occur. However, mention is made of a disciple named Uttara-
Cf. S.ii.236, where the same two are mentioned; Mrs. Rhys Davids thinks that Veḷukaṇḍakī Nandamātā is probably identical with Uttarā Nandamātā (Brethren 4, n.1). This identification does not seem to be correct. See Uttarā-