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[263] At the top, Beggars, of those of my Female Upasakas who gives plentiful food (panitadayikanam) is Suppavasa Koliyadhita.

Suppavasa Koliyadhita

(DPPN: Mother of Sivali. Before he was born, she lay for seven days in labor suffering great pain, and it was not till the Buddha blessed her that she was able to bring forth the child. It is said that the child was seven years in her womb ... Suppavasa was the daughter of the raja of Koliya. Her husband was the Licchavi Mahali, and she lived in the Koliyan village of Sajjanela, where the Buddha visited her and preached to her on the efficacy of giving food. She was described by the Buddha as foremost among those who gave excellent alms (panitadayikanam) ...

She is included in a list of eminent upasikas, and is mentioned with Anāthapiṇḍika, Culla Anāthapiṇḍika and Visakha, as givers of gifts which were gladly accepted by the monks.