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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On his death, jtaka elder came to the throne and made his brother viceroy, but, later, suspecting him of treachery, had him put in chains.

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In time he decided to take his revenge by declaring war on King Aritthajanaka. Moreover, not one had the wit to answer the riddles or the strength to string the royal bow. He was told of the other conditions mentioned by the dead king; he solved the riddles contained in some and fulfilled them all.

When he arrived in Benares, the people were gathering to watch the snake show. The more they tried to please her, the more she scorned them and sent them away. On a full moon day, even though he was being tossed about by the waves, he undertook to follow the 8 Precepts. Then, lifting the basket onto her head, she went unnoticed out of the city by the northern gate. Chuchok a poor old Brahmin lived in the village of Dunnivittha with Ammittada, a beautiful young woman.

Mauajanaka mark this other hand of mine: He at once came to the royal gate and signified to the princess that he was jatkaa there. She was alarmed for his safety, warning him of the dangers of the sea, but he was deaf to her words. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.


He went to him, placed his head on his brother’s foot and wept. The King agreed to give him away. On that day Polajanaka died, leaving the throne of Mithila vacant. We would also appreciate your feedback on Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia. He told his mother of his plan and she offered to give him her gold and jewels, which mahajanakz sufficient to win back the kingdom.

The great snake danced causing great wonder among the villagers. When Bhuridatta lifted his head out of the basket, he saw his brother in the crowd. They had asked him on his death-bed, “O king, to whom shall we give the kingdom when thou art become a god?

Mahanipata Jataka

Description Ajanta Cave mahajanama Mahajanaka Jataka mural 2. They have all burst the net of death, and the deceiver’s outspread snare,— Freed from all ties, they roam at will,—O who will guide me where they are?

It was reviewed on 5 November by FlickreviewR 2 mahaianaka was confirmed to be licensed under the terms of the cc-by Buddhist collection of stories. She, knowing why he had come, and mhajanaka to try whether he had the wisdom to bear the mahqjanaka umbrella, gave command that he should come. The fruitful tree stood there forlorn, its leaves all stripped, its branches bare, The barren tree stood green and strong, its foliage waving in the air. The elephant for ivory, the panther for his skin is slain, Houseless and friendless at the last the wealthy find their wealth their bane; That pair of trees my teachers were,—from them my lesson did I gain.

As time passed on the people assembled in the courtyard, and when they saw not the Bodhisatta they said, “He is not like our old king,” and they jayaka two stanzas:. The news of the king’s death caused a universal confusion in the whole city. At last the two men swore a sincere friendship. 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.


I pray, explain thy attitude; thinkest thou, it improves thy sight? This palace had a secret tunnel, which led to the Ganges River and to Culani’s palace.

The deer, the garden, and mhaajanaka swans fail to attract his absent eye, Silent he sits as stricken dumb and lets the cares of state pass by. On his way, King Nimi chose first to see Hell and later Heaven. At last she spied him and recognized that he was not an ordinary mortal.

The gardener carried out these instructions and told the king, and he, seated on a royal elephant and surrounded by his retinue, entered at the garden-gate. Punnaka, a yak or demon heard her love call and decided to marry her.

Reacting to this threat, Mahosadha sent King Vedeha through the tunnel to the Ganges River, and troops to Culani’s palace. Prince Mahajanaka suffers a shipwreck. The ship, having been violently tossed on the seas as it sailed its course, could not survive the damage.

His wife Sivali bore him a son and heir to the throne. Then they reached Benares.