Mother of Sáriputta, who was called after her, his personal name being Upatissa. (SNA.i.326; DhA.i.73, etc.; in Sanskrit texts (e.g., Dvy.395) Sáriputta is called Sáradvatíputra).

Her husband was the brahmim Vanganta (DhA.ii.84), and she became the mother of seven children, all of whom became arahants - Sáriputta, Upasena, Mahácunda, Revata Khadiravaniya, Cálá, Upacálá and Sisúpacálá (DhA.ii.188; SA.iii.172).

Both she and her husband were unbelievers, and she was very sad when, one after another, her children, giving up wealth worth eighty crores, joined the Order. She wished to keep at least the youngest of the boys, Revata, for herself, and had him married at the age of seven, but her plot miscarried (See Revata). This embittered her against the monks, and, though she gave them alms when they came to the house, she blamed them for having enticed her children away.

Once when Sáriputta visited her with five hundred monks, among whom was Ráhula, she invited them in and gave them food, but did not fail to abuse her son, calling him "eater of leavings" (ucchitthakhádaka) (DhA.iv.164f). She outlived Sáriputta, who visited her just before his death, at Nálakagáma, in the house where he was born. There she provided lodging for him and his five hundred companions. Sáriputta fell ill of a violent attack of dysentery on the night of his arrival, and she saw various gods, including even Mahá Brahmá, come to wait on him. Learning their identity from Mahá Cunda, she was amazed and went to see Sáriputta to have Mahá Cunda's words confirmed. Sáriputta told her how Mahá Brahmá was a follower of the Buddha and talked to her about the marvellous virtues of his teacher. At the end of his talk, she became a sotápanna. Sáriputta died the next day at dawn, and she made elaborate arrangements for his cremation (SA.iii.172ff.; for details see Sáriputta).

She seems to have also been called Surúpasárí. E.g., ThigA.162.

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