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 she recovered the king was no more to be seen, and she returned to the city. So I will ever do my best to fight through ocean to the shore; While strength holds out I still will strive, nor yield till I can strive no more.

After a failed attempt to conquer the whole of IndiaKevatta had a plan to kill King Vedeha.

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Buddhist collection of stories. After his death the ministers performed his obsequies, and on the seventh day they assembled and deliberated: She put on some worn and dirty garments and blackened her face with soot so that she would not be recognized. He caught hold of her hand and ascended the dais, and having seated himself on the royal couch beneath the white umbrella, he inquired of the ministers, “When the king died, did he leave any instructions with you?

In the end Sama recovered from his wound and both of his parent’s sight was restored. His life span was ten thousand years, of which three thousand still remained to him. The queen exclaimed, “O king, thou hast become an ascetic, what am I to do? The more they tried to please her, the more she scorned them and sent them away.


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He gave Paccaya, the royal white elephant, to the neighboring Kingdom of Kalinga, affected by drought. The Mahajanaka Jataka – Notice that the crew includes some foreigners, a common feature in Thai mural paintings. He prepared himself for the ordeal by eating a full meal, covered himself with sugar and ghee to protect himself from the water, then tied himself to the mast.

But Queen Sivali, who loved him, followed him with great retinue.

The 10 Jatakas Past Lives of the Buddha. But he took only half of her gift, wishing to make his fortune in trade. They commanded the musicians to sound their instruments.

Mahajanaka floated in the ocean for seven days, taking no food. Every day he went to the Migasammata River to gather fruit and took water in a pot. Wisely and well he ruled for seven thousand years. She was forced to reveal to him the secret of his birth-that he was the son of the former king of Mithila. She was alarmed for his safety, warning him of the dangers of the sea, but he was deaf to her words.

On one of her hands there was a single bracelet, and on the other two; these two jangled together, the other one was noiseless. When she heard of the king’s death at the hand of his brother, Polajanaka, she gathered her gold and jewels into a basket and covered them with rice.

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Without these parasols there was no longer a sacred ceremony. Retrieved from ” https: He looked mahajanqka the Bodhisatta for help and asked him how he could regain his senses. Retrieved from ” http: Mahajanaka accepted the invitation and performed the coronation ceremony in Mithila. But when Polajanaka proclaimed his innocence, miraculously his chains fell off and he was able to escape to a small village near the frontier of the kingdom.


He set the basket down in the middle of the marketplace and ordered the Naga prince to come out.

Moreover, not one had the wit to answer the riddles or the strength to string the royal bow. The king picked it up, cleaned it, and ate it. Cowell adds on the margin of his text: He at once came to mahajznaka royal gate and signified to the princess that he was standing there. He then sent for a barber and made him cut his hair and beard; he put on one yellow robe as the under dress, another as the upper, and the third he wrapped over his shoulder, and, having put his vessel in a bag, he hung it on his shoulder; then, taking his walking-stick, he walked several times backwards and forwards on the top-story with the triumphant step of a pacceka-buddha.

Whereupon the angry crowd attacked Khandahala and killed him. On arriving at the queen’s side, he asked her where she was bound.

At that time King Piliyakkha of Benares in his great desire for venison, also came to the river and at last reached the spot where Sama stood. Thus he came to understand that possessions bring only sorrow, and he determined to put aside his kingdom and take up the life jataoa an ascetic.