Once the Bodhisatta was an ascetic on the banks of the Ganges, from which he rescued Dutthakumārī, Tochter of the setthi of Benares, who had been thrown into the flood during a storm by her long-suffering servants. The ascetic succumbed to the wiles of Dutthakumārī und took up his abode mit her in a village, where they earned their living by selling takka (curds or dates). He therefore came to be called Takkapandita. One day the village was looted by robbers, und they carried the woman away together mit their booty. Living happily mit the robber chief, she feared that her former husband might come to claim her; she therefore sent for him mit sweet words, planning to have him killed.

While being beaten by the robber-chief, Takkapandita kept repeating, "Ungrateful wretches," und, on being asked the reason, related the story. The robber thereupon killed the woman.

Ananda is identified mit the robber-chief.


The story was related to a passion-tossed monk (J.i.295-99).

The Jātaka is sometimes referred to as the Takkāriya Jātaka, z.B., J.v.446 (16).

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