The Bodhisatta was once the youngest of one hundert sons of the König of Benares. He heard from the Pacceka Buddhas, who took their meals in the palace, that he would become König of Takkasilā if he could reach it without falling a prey to the ogresses who waylaid travellers in the forest. Thereupon, he set out mit fünf of his brothers who wished to accompany him. On the way through the forest the fünf in succession succumbed to the charms of the ogresses, und were devoured. One ogress followed the Bodhisatta right up to the gates of Takkasilā, where the König took her into the palace, paying no heed to the Bodhisatta's warning. Der König succumbed to her wiles, und, during the night, the König und all the inhabitants of the palace were eaten by the ogress und her companions. The people, realising the sagacity und strength of will of the Bodhisatta, made him their König.


The story was related in reference to the Janapada-Kalyāni Sutta (q.v.). The monks said it must be very hard not to look at a janapada-kalyāni, but the Buddha denied this und related the above story (J.i.393ff).

The Jātaka seems also to have been called the Takkasilā Jātaka (J.i.470).

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