1. Mahākāḷa Thera.– He belonged to a merchant family of Setabyā, and, while on a journey to Sāvatthi with five hundred carts, he heard the Buddha teach at Jetavana and entered the Order. He lived in the charnel field meditating, and, one day, the crematrix Kāḷā, noticing him, arranged the limbs of a recently cremated body near the Thera that he might gaze at them. With these as a topic of meditation, he soon became an Arahant.
Thag.vss.151 f; his story is given in much greater detail at DhA.i.66 ﬀ; there he is said to have been the eldest of three brothers, of whom the others were Majjhimakāḷa and Cūḷakāḷa. He went with the latter to Sāvatthi, where both of them joined the Order. After becoming an Arahant, Mahākāḷa went with the Buddha to Setabyā and dwelt in the Siṃsapāvana, Cūḷakāḷa accompanying him. Cūḷakāḷa’s wives invited the Buddha and the other monks to a meal, and he himself went on earlier to make arrangements. His wives disrobed him. At the end of the meal, Mahākāḷa was left behind by the Buddha to make the thanksgiving. His eight wives surrounded him and stripped him of his robes, but, knowing their intention, he disappeared through the air.
2. Mahākāḷa.– A lay disciple (upāsaka) of Sāvatthi who was a Stream-
3. Mahākāḷa.– A Nāga king who dwelt in the Mañjerika Nāgabhavana. When the Buddha, after eating the meal given by Sujātā, launched the bowl up stream, it travelled a short way and then stopped, having reached the Nāga’s abode under the Nerañjarā, and then came into contact with the bowls similarly launched by the three previous Buddhas of this world-
Kāḷa’s life span was one world-
When the Buddha’s relics, deposited at Rāmagāma, were washed away, Mahākāḷa took the basket containing them into his abode and there did them honour until they were removed, against his will, by Soṇuttara. Mhv.xxxi.25 ﬀ.
4. Mahākāla.– A householder of Bandhumati in the time of Vipassī Buddha. He was a previous birth of Aññā-