Sivali has been venerated in Theravada Buddhist societies as one of the eighty great disciples of the Buddha [For some general knowledge click Wikipedia article on Sivali or Sivali in DPPN]. He was particularly known for obtaining abundant alms wherever he used to go. Buddhists invoke him as a symbol of prosperity and perhaps, also with the hope that he will grant material abundance. Bangladeshi Buddhists have developed certain distinct cults and practices in homage to Sivali. Taniyama Yozo has given as a picture of what exactly Buddhists of Bangladesh believe or do with regard to Sivali.
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