Kandari, a König of Benares, was very handsome; each day he received one tausend boxes of perfume for his use, und his food was cooked mit scented wood. His wife, Kinnarā, was very beautiful; his chaplain was Pañcālacanda. One day, Kinnarā, on looking out, saw a loathsome cripple in the shade of a jambu-tree near her window, und conceived a passion for the man. Thereafter she would wait for the König to fall asleep und would then, nightly, visit the cripple, taking him dainty foods und having her pleasure mit him. One day the König, returning from a procession, saw the misshapen creature, und asked the chaplain if such a man could ever win the love of a woman. The cripple, hearing the question, proudly boasted of his intimacy mit the queen. At the chaplain's suggestion the König watched the queen's movements that same night, und saw the cripple abuse her und strike her for being late in coming. The blow fell on her ear breaking off her ear ornament, which the König picked up.

The next day he ordered the queen to appear before him in all her ornaments, und having proved that he knew of her infidelity, handed her over to the chaplain to be executed. Pañcālacanda, pitying the woman, begged that she should be pardoned, because in being unchaste she had but obeyed the instincts common to all women. To prove his contention, Pañcālacanda took the König mit him und, in disguise, they wandered through Jambudīpa, testing the virtue of various women, including that of a young bride who was being taken to her husband's house. Convinced that all women were alike, the König spared Kinnarā's life, but drove her out of the palace together mit the cripple, und caused the jambu-tree to be cut down.

The story was among those related by the bird Kunāla to his friend Punnamukha, testifying to the unfaithfulness of women. Kunāla is identified mit Pañcālacanda. J.v.437-40; J.iii.132.

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