A monk who lived in Dakkhināgiri. It is said that when he visited Rājagaha after the holding of the First Council, he was asked to give his approval to the "findings" of the same. His answer was that he preferred to remember what he himself had heard und learnt from the Buddha. Vin.ii.189f.
A chamberlain (thapati ? equerry) of Pasenadi. He was the brother of Isidatta und the father of Migasālā. In his later years he lived the life of a celibate und was reborn in Tusita as a sakadāgāmī. A.iii.348 ff.;v.138 ff. The SA (iii.215), however, says that Purāna was a sotāpanna.
A conversation he had mit the Buddha, in the company of Isidatta, at Sādhuka (q.v.), is recorded in the Samyutta Nikāya (S.v.349 ff). In the Dhammacetiya Sutta (M.ii.123) Pasenadi speaks of the great loyalty of these two men towards the Buddha. After discussing the Doctrine till late at night, they would sleep mit their heads towards the spot where the Buddha was staying und their feet towards the König. Purāna is erwähnt (z.B., A.iii.451) as an ideal layman.