The sixth book of the Khuddaka Nikáya. It describes the splendour of various celestial abodes belonging to different devas, obtained by them as reward for some meritorious act performed in a previous life. The stories were learnt from the devas themselves, by Moggallána, Vangísa and others, during their sojourn in the deva-worlds, and reported by them to the Buddha.
A Commentary on the work exists by Dhammapála, forming part of the Paramatthadípaní, and sometimes called Vimalatthavilásiní (q.v.).
Stories from the Vimána Vatthu were related by Mahinda in Ceylon in his first sermon to Anulá and her five hundred companions. Mhv.xiv.58.