What is vilātaṃ?

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What is vilātaṃ?

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I'm reading the Mahāpadānasutta (Dīghanikāya, Mahāvaggapāḷi) in Pali. In the section Kālaṅkatapurisa, where the previous Buddha Vipassin (still a prince) sees a dead person, he asks his charioteer:

‘kiṃ nu kho, so, samma sārathi, mahājanakāyo sannipatito nānārattānañca dussānaṃ vilātaṃ kayiratī’ti?

You can see it in: https://www.tipitaka.org/romn/cscd/s0102m.mul0.xml

This word is not in the PED. Verbally, it seems to me "The gathered great crowd (mahājanakāyo sannipatito in Nominative) is being made (kayirati - karoti in Passive) vilātaṃ at or to clothes of various colors (nānārattānañca dussānaṃ Genitive Plural)"

So the crowd is made vilātaṃ

I hope vilātaṃ is not an error. I didn't check a Sanskrit dictionary.

Thanks for the answers
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Re: What is vilātaṃ?

Post by Dhammanando »

It's a sedan or palanquin, but in this context a funeral bier. The crowd is decorating it with pieces of coloured cloth.
Svākkhātaṃ brahmacariyaṃ, sandiṭṭhikam’akālikaṃ,
Yattha amoghā pabbajjā, appamattassa sikkhato.

“The holy life is well proclaimed,
directly visible, immediate,
Where not in vain is the going forth
of one who trains heedfully.”
— Sela Sutta
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