A lay disciple of the Buddha who dwelt at Nādikā. When the Buddha arrived at Nādikā on his last journey, Ānanda asked him what had happened to Kakudha, who was already dead. The Buddha replied that Kakudha had found birth in the highest heavens, there to pass away entirely. DN.ii.92


A deva who visited the Buddha at the Añjanavana in Sāketa, and asked him whether he experienced feelings of pleasure and sorrow. The Buddha replied that he had overcome such feelings and was utterly free, whereupon Kakudha uttered his praises. SN.i.54f.

This is probably the same as the Kakudha who was an inhabitant of Koḷiyā and was an attendant of Moggallāna. Having died, he was reborn among the mind-born devas with a body so large that it was as extensive as “two of three common rice-fields in a Māgadha village, and yet so constituted that he was in the way neither of himself nor of others.” Becoming aware of Devadatta’s plans for obtaining possession of the leadership of the Saṅgha, Kakudha reported the news to Moggallāna, who passed it on to the Buddha. The Buddha asked Moggallāna to keep the matter secret. Moggallāna informed the Buddha that he knew from experience that Kakudha’s predictions proved true. Vin.ii.185f.