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Mahājanaka Jātaka (No. ). Mahājanaka, king of Mithilā in Videha, had two sons, Aritthajanaka and Polajanaka. On his death, the elder. The Jataka, Vol. VI, tr. by E.B. Cowell, [], full text etext at The tale of the Mahajanaka Jataka is among the most popular Buddhist fables, retold as far East as Thailand. In Cave 1 of the Ajanta Caves.

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When the vessel sank the mast stood upright. God Sakka changed shape and stopped Vessantara who also gave away his wife.

A Jataka Tale: Prince Mahajanaka | Sirinya’s Thailand

She recognized Mahajanaka and carried him away. They said to her, “Those beings who possess such virtues as reverence for their mothers and the like do not deserve to fall into the sea,—look out for such”; but for those seven days she had not looked at the sea, for they say that her memory had become bewildered in her enjoyment of her. Mahosadha was the sage King of Vedeha of Mithila.

He asked his mother what this meant, but she put him off with evasive answers until one day he bit her on the breast and insisted on being told the truth. On arriving at the queen’s side, he asked her where she was bound.

These jataka tales revolve around Jataakthe current Varanasi in India. The queen also went with him, taking all the army and the animals for riding.

Please write feedback here Here mahxjanaka can read media articles about the Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia which have been published all over the world. So the four went through the jungle on foot to Mount Vamka. When the amazed queen asked how they could have reached the city so soon, Sakka told her that he had come by a straight road known only to the gods, then departed. As he drew near, the princess could not stand still before his majestic bearing; and coming up she gave him her hand to lean on.

The queen agreed, and a short time later she gave birth to a son, whom she called after his grandfather Mahajanaka. He cut a stalk of grass and said to her, “As this reed cannot be joined again, so you and Maajanaka can never be joined again. When he grew up his father made him viceroy.


Now there was a forest not far off and the Great Being saw a dark tract of trees.

Mahanipata Jataka

Some boys were playing there; and a girl was shaking some sand in a small winnowing-basket. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Running up to offer him her jaatka to lean on, she showed that he pleased her.

Then, lifting the basket onto her head, she went unnoticed out of the city by the northern gate. She had in mind to go to the city of Kalacampa, sixty leagues away, but did not know the way. Mhajanaka parents lost their sight when he was 16 years old.

Mahajanwka musical instruments are sounded in front of a chariot which contains a rider, but behind one which contains none; so the family priest, having bid them sound the musical instruments behind, and having sprinkled the strap of the car and the goad with a golden ewer, bade the chariot proceed to him who has merit sufficient to rule the kingdom. On the eve of the full moon festival, King Angati went to the deer park to meet Guna Kassapa, a naked ascetic.

So she made a great lamentation, and after erecting a tope where he had stood, she offered worship with flowers and perfumes, and returned.

Why is this crowd assembled here? Mahajanaka jatakka the liberal arts until he finished at the age of Rich garments, ivory, copper, skins,—all meet one ruthless fate; Turn back, O king, and save thy wealth before it be too late. The great mahaanaka danced causing great wonder among the villagers. He looked for the Bodhisatta for help and asked him how he could regain his senses. When they made a loud outcry and were asked who had struck them, they would reply “The widow’s son.

Since he was a strong leader, he attracted many followers.

Cowell adds on the margin of his text: Mahajanaka floated in the ocean for maahjanaka days, taking no food. Mahajanaka with his superior strength was able to throw himself a far distance from the ship, thus escaping the fate of the other passengers. She then urged his people to follow him, but he turned them back.


The Bodhisatta reflected, “If this man is wise, he will be able to explain the incident,—I will ask him”; so he went up to him:. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. These troops tricked Culani’s family to go through the tunnel to the Ganges River. The king said, “I will throw this wealth in the mouth of charity”; so he had five halls for alms erected in the middle of the city and at the four gates, and made a great distribution.

He therefore attired himself as an old man driving a carriage. Although knowing the vessel was doomed, Mahajanaka did not panic. The chaplain, seeing the auspicious marks on his feet, awoke him, and explaining to him his mission, crowned him king.

A Jataka Tale: The Story of Prince Mahajanaka

The queen exclaimed, “O king, thou hast become an ascetic, what am I to do? May Learn how and when to remove this template message. The Bodhisattva thought, “This is my time for an effort to escape”.

The king, being unable to stop the multitude, journeyed on nataka sixty leagues. The one that had been full of mangoes was broken and torn by the people who had come to pick the fruit, while the other, though barren, stood green and whole.

Punnaka, a yak or demon heard her love call and decided to marry her. When he asked who she might be, she told him, “The chief queen of King Aritthajanaka of Mithila, lately killed in battle. The general and the other officers of state each thought jstaka the car was coming up to him, but it passed by the houses of them all, and having gone solemnly round the city it went out by the eastern gate and passed onwards to mzhajanaka park. After circling the stone, the chariot came to a stop.

She saw his want of wisdom and said, “Come and rub my feet. At last Alambayana exclaimed three times: