A householder of Rājagaha. He was a follower of the Buddha, and it was his conversation with the Paribbājaka Nigrodha that led to the preaching of the Udumbarika Sīhanāda Sutta.
Buddhaghosa says (DA.iii.832) that he was the leader of five hundred upāsakas and was an anāgāmin. On one occasion, the Buddha sang his praises in the assembly for six qualities which he possessed. In the Anguttara he is mentioned in a list of eminent lay disciples (A.iii.451; cf. Dvy.540).