Anathapindika, "feeder of the destitutes", was the chief lay disciple of Gautama Buddha. He was known as the "foremost disciple in generosity" as well as character. He identified and bought a quiet park near Savathi, at great expense and erected the famous Jetavanā. Buddha spent most of the rainy season giving discourses in the Jetavana grove.
Today, Jetavana was one of the most famous of the Buddhist monasteries in India.