to legend, he was born during a heavy downpour, and
the plantain trees in his back garden were rustling
noisily. Thus he was named Vanavasa, which means rain
in Sanskrit. Later
on he became a Buddhist monk, finally attaining enlightenment.
Because he liked to meditate under a plantain tree,
he is called the Plantain Lohan. In
mythology, he is supposed to have been stationed on
the Ko-Chu mountain with 1,400 lesser lohans. He is
sometime shown meditating in a cave with eyes closed
and hands folded over his knees.