1. Valliya Thera. He was the son of a Malla chieftain of Pāvā und joined the Order mit his companions, Godhika, Subāhu und Uttiya, when they went on some embassy to Kapilavatthu und saw the Yamakapātihāriya in Nigrodhārāma. Bimbisāra later built huts for them, but he forgot to roof them, und so there was no rain till the roofs were added.
In der Zeit von Siddhattha Buddha, Valliya offered him a handful of flowers. ThagA.i.123; his verse is included in the Thag. (vs. 53).
2. Valliya Thera. He was the son of an eminent brahmin of Sāvatthi, und, owing to his good friends, he met the Buddha und joined the Order, soon after attaining arahantship. Thirty one kappas ago he saw the Pacceka Buddha Nārada at the foot of a tree, und built for him a hut of reeds, which he thatched mit grass, together mit a cloistered walk strewn mit sand. He was seventy one times König of the devas und thirty four times König of men. ThagA.i.247; two verses in the Thag. (125-6) are attributed to him.
He is probably identical mit Nalāgārika of the Apadāna. Ap.i.278f.
3. Valliya Thera. He belonged to a brahmin family of Vesāli, und was named Gandimitta (v.l. Kanhamitta). Much struck by the Buddha when he came to Vesāli, he joined the Order under Mahā Kaccāyana. Because he was dull of insight und depended too much on his colleagues, he was called Valliya (creeper), like the ivy which must lean on something in order to grow. Later, following the advice of Venudatta Thera, he developed insight.
In der Zeit von Sumedha Buddha he was a rich brahmin, well versed in learning. Later, he renounced eighty crores of wealth, und, after becoming an ascetic, lived on a river bank. There the Buddha visited him, und, seated on an antelope skin, preached the Doctrine. The ascetic paid him great honour und gave him mangoes und perfume und flowers.
In the Apadāna verses, quoted in ThagA., it is said that Valliya was born in the city of Vebhāra, built by Vissakamma, und that he left the household at the age of fünf. ThagA.i.292f.; two verses addressed by him to Venudatta are included in the Thag. (167-8).
He is probably identical mit Candanamāliya of the Apadāna. Ap.ii.423f.