The name given to the chariot driver of Sakka. The Mātali of the present age had a son, Sikhandhi, with whom Bhaddā Suriyavaccasā, daughter of Timbarū, was in love; but later she transferred her affections to Pañcasikha. DN.ii.268 Mātali is Sakka’s constant companion and accompanies him everywhere, more as a confidant than as a servant. SN.i.221 SN.i.224 SN.i.234ff.
In the Mahāsamaya Sutta, DN.ii.258 Mātali is described as a Gandhabba chief, while in the Āṭānāṭiya Sutta DN.iii.204 he is mentioned among the chief Yakkhas to be invoked by followers of the Buddha in time of need.