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|Buddhist Dictionary of Pali Proper Names by G P Malalasekera|
|Mettaji Thera：He belonged to a brahmin family of Magadha，and，when he grew up，became a forest dwelling monk．Hearing of the Buddha’s advent，Mettaji visited him，and questioned him concerning progress and regress （pavattiyo），and，believing，he entered the Order and attained arahantship．
In the time of Anomadassī Buddha he was a householder and built a wall round the Bodhi tree．One hundred kappas ago he was a king named Sabbagghana （Sabbosana） （Thag．94； ThagA．i．194f）．He is evidently identical with Anulomadāyaka Thera of the Apadāna．Ap．i．173．