Ascetic who predicted that prince Siddhartha (later Buddha) would become a great religious leader
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Religion portal Asita or Kaladevala or Kanhasiri was a hermit ascetic depicted in Buddhist sources as having lived in ancient India. He was a teacher and advisor of Suddhodana, the father of the Buddha, and is best known for having predicted that prince Siddhartha of Kapilavastu would either become a great chakravartin or become a supreme religious leader; Siddhartha was later known as Gautama Buddha. The name Asita literally means 'not clinging' while Kanhasiri means 'dark splendour'.[citation needed] Asita is described as a tāpasa, a practitioner of asceticism.
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