A great brahmin, ranking with eminent brahmins such as Caṅkī, Tārukkha, Pokkharasāti and Todeyya. Snp.p.115 He is mentioned as staying in Icchānaṅgala, MN.ii.196 where he evidently took part in the periodical gatherings of brahmin leaders—and also at Manasākaṭa. DN.i.235 He was a follower of the Buddha, of whom he was a great admirer. He appears to have been in the habit of talking to well known teachers of other schools and hearing their opinion of the Buddha, either for the purpose of comparing his own faith in him or of discovering their views. Two such conversations are recorded—one with Subha Todeyyaputta, MN.ii.209 the other with Pilotika. MN.i.175ff. His discussion with Pilotika he reported to the Buddha, who expanded it to form the Cūḷahatthipadopama Sutta. The Buddha also preached to Jāṇussoṇi the Bhayabherava Sutta. MN.i.16ff. Jāṇussoṇi’s permanent residence was Sāvatthī, and he often visited the Buddha at Jetavana, consulting him on many topics, such as: results of actions, AN.i.56 Nibbana here and now, AN.i.157 brahmins and the threefold knowledge, AN.i.166 fearlessness of death, AN.ii.173 the ideals of various classes of persons, AN.iii.362 true celibacy, AN.iv.54 the Paccārohani ceremony, AN.v.233ff. AN.v.249ff. the efficacy of gifts, AN.v.269ff. and eternalism and annihilation. SN.ii.76 He had a white chariot with silver fittings and white trappings drawn by four pure white mares. He would drive about in this, wearing white garments, turban-cloths and sandals and fanned by a white fan. The reins, the goads and the canopy were also of white. His chariot was considered the finest in all Sāvatthī. SN.v.4f. MN.i.175 MN.ii.208