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Buddhist Dictionary of Pali Proper Names by G P Malalasekera
Bīrānī:A goddess (devadhītā).

She had a palace in the Cātummahārājika world which Nimi saw on his visit to heaven when he learnt her story from Mātali.In the time of Kassapa Buddha she had been a slave in a brahmin’s house.The brahmin,whose name was Asoka,invited eight monks to feed daily at his house and asked his wife to arrange to feed them at a cost of one kahāpana each.This she refused to do as did also his daughters; but their slave agreed to carry out this work,and she did it most conscientiously and with great devotion.As a result she was reborn in heaven (J.vi.117f).Her palace was twelve leagues in height and one in extent; it possessed nine storeys and one thousand rooms.When Dutthagāmanī wished to erect the Lohapāsāda,he asked the monks for a plan,and eight arahants went to the deva world and returned with a plan of Bīranī’s palace.Mhv.xxvii.9ff.

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