I. Sagātha Vagga
The Book of the Kindred Sayings
I. Kindred Sayings with Verses
10. The Yakkha Suttas
Virā or Cīrā Suttaɱ
Virā (or Cīrā)
[11.1] THUS HAVE I HEARD:
The Exalted One was once staying near Rājagaha, in the Bamboo Grove, at the Squirrels' Feeding-ground.
Now on that occasion a certain lay-follower gave food to Virā the Bhikkhunī.
And a yakkha, enthusiastic about Sukkā, went into Rājagaha,
going from chariot-road to chariot-road,
from crossways to crossways,
and in that hour uttered this verse:
0 surely plenteous merit hath he wrought,
That layman wise who Virā's wants supplied
Virā, who from all bonds is wholly free!
 Virā as the feminine form of Vīra (cf. Pss. of the Brethren, VIII) would seem to be the more likely of the two. v and c in Singhalese are almost identical letters. Neither of them is found elsewhere. B. is silent.