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The Savatthi Miracles
When Buddha was born, the tales on the
phenomenon are included with the
his life and traditions.
The Buddha, however, did not agree to the
phenomenon's of the
public expressions ,
particularly after the story of the Pindola
Bharadvaja’s deed at Rajagaha. There, Pindola
had accepted the challenge of a merchant, who by
placing a sandal-wood bowl on a high pole had
scorn and challenged all holy persons to
bring that down. Accepting the challenge, Pindola flew in the air and brought that down to
the utter amazement of all the watchers.
From then, the Buddha set down a rule for the
priests to avoid from the expressions of the
phenomenon in public. Taking the advantage of the monks’
moderation from the phenomenons the heretics
started speaking ills of the Buddha and also
King Bimbisara was however, hurt with this news
and visited the Buddha to request and please him
to accept the challenge by representing
So, following the traditions of earlier Buddhas,
who had represented their phenomenons in Savatthi,
he, too, reached Savatthi and represented the
phenomenons on the foot of the gandamba tree on the
full-moon day of Asalha.
To encourage the heretics, the Buddha created a
crystal terrace in the air and walked on it.
Further, he made his appearance in thousand
forms according to some of the other traditions. His
made many heretics escape from Savatthi. This was
the time when Purana Kassapa, too, escape but died
on the way.
At the end of the Savatthi phenomenons he
landed on Tavatimsa Loka, in three steps,
following the example of the earlier Buddhas.