MahāKāshyapa Maha Thero
Religion Buddhism
Dharma names Mahā Kāśyapa
Nationality Indian
Born Pipphali

Maha Tittha village, Magadha

Died (aged 120) Gurupada giri (33km from Gaya)
Parents Kosiyagotta (father), Sumana Devi lady (mother)
Senior posting
Title Tatiyasāvaka (Third chief disciple of Gautama Buddha)
Religious career
Teacher Gautama Buddha
Students Most Ven. Maha Nanda Maha Thera etc.
Buddist mummy

Mahākāśyapa's entire body was enshrined underneath the mountain Kukkutapada where it is said to remain until the appearance of Maitreya. Pali sources say that beings in Maitreya's time will be much bigger than during the time of Sakyamuni. In one prophecy, his disciples are contemptuous of Mahākāśyapa, whose head is no larger than an insect to them. Buddha's robe barely covers two of their fingers, making them wonder how tiny Buddha was. Mahākāśyapa is said to be small enough in comparison to cremate in the palm of Maitreya's hand. Mahākāśyapa wears a paṃsukūla robe. 


Most Mahayana buddhist monks left instructions to be followed after their deaths. These often included having them buried sitting in a lotus posture, put into a vessel with drying agents (such as coal, wood, paper, or lime) and surrounded by bricks. The preserved bodies would then be decorated with paint and adorned with gold. It is a common method in China. Some covered the bodies with clay or salt. In some cases, this mummification occured naturally. 


Buddhist mummies. (2017, October 15). Retrieved November 21, 2017, from

Revolvy, LLC. “‘Mahākāśyapa’ on” Revolvy, 2012,

“Mahākāśyapa.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 16 Nov. 2017, 

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.