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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The sixteen precious treasures these, and these remain, where these are found, The bow that tasks a thousand men, the bed, the lady’s heart to please. Polajanaka escaped, and, when he had completed his preparations, laid siege to the city, killed Aritthajanaka, and seized the throne.

After Jujaka had asked for Kanha and Jali, Vessantara’s children, they hid in a pond.

She was forced to reveal to him the secret of his birth-that he was mzhajanaka son of the former king of Mithila. One day he went to his mother, threatening to bite off her breasts if she did not tell him who his father was.

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. After circling the stone, the chariot came to a stop. Then he said to himself, “They do not wish to return,—I will make them go back”; so when he had gone about half a mile he turned back, and standing in the high road, he asked his ministers, “Whose kingdom is this?

He had two sons, Aritthajanaka and Polajanaka. Purohit looked and had the impression that he could be the Kingso he invited him to ascend the throne. No one was able to violate that line; and the people, standing behind that line, made loud lamentation. Then they ordered the carriage to lead them to the one who had sufficient merit to be king of Mithila. Irandati, the beautiful daughter of King Varuna, was sent out to seek a husband, jatzka could bring Vidhura’s heart to her.


When the amazed queen asked how they could have reached the city so mataka, Sakka told her that he had come by a straight road known only to the gods, then departed.

He at once came to the royal gate and signified to the princess that he was standing there. Far from being like the fruitful tree I will be mahajanxka the barren one,—leaving all my glory behind, I will give up the world and become an ascetic. No one mahajjanaka forthcoming who was able to fulfil these conditions; the ministers thereupon decked the state chariot with the five insignia of royalty and sent it out, accompanied by music.

She said she desired Vidhura’s heart or she will die die. She was alarmed for his safety, warning him of the dangers of the sea, but he was deaf to her words.

He set the basket down in the middle of the marketplace and ordered the Naga prince to come out. Mhaajanaka was never again seen in the world of men, for he found his way to the Himavat forest and eventually entered the Brahma heaven.

Mahajanakq knowing the vessel was doomed, Mahajanaka did not panic. When the ship went down, men and animals were devoured by the sharks and fierce turtles that infested the ocean, but the mast remained upright.

So the four went through the jungle on foot to Mount Vamka. God Sakka let lightning destroy the royal parasols.

A Jataka Tale: The Story of Prince Mahajanaka

High thoughts of self, low thoughts of self,—nor this, nor that befits the sage; Be virtue, knowledge, jatala the law the guardians of thy pilgrimage. His ministers came and sprinkled her body with water and rubbed her hands and feet, and at last she recovered consciousness.


On the road travelling by horse mahqjanaka buggy, he gave them to a Brahmin. Say, have thy subjects or thy friends, thy ministers or kinsmen dear, Wounded thy heart by treachery that thou hast chosen this refuge here? Now near it stood two bright green mango trees, the one without fruit, the other full of very sweet fruit. He asked his mother what this meant, but she put him off with evasive answers jafaka one day he bit her on the breast and insisted on being told the truth.

Mahajanaka Jataka at Ajanta Caves | Madras Courier

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. The Mahajanaka Jataka – Notice that the crew includes some foreigners, a common feature in Thai mural paintings.

Views View Edit History. He therefore attired himself as an old man driving a carriage. Please write feedback here Here you can read media articles about the Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia which have been published all over the world. Then he thought to himself, “I will seize the kingdom that belonged to my father “; so he asked his mother “Have you any money in hand?