Kakati Jataka: 1 definition


Kakati Jataka means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Kakati was the chief queen of the King of Benares (the Bodhisatta). A certain Garuda king came disguised as a man and played at dice with the king. Having fallen in love with Kakati, the Garuda carried her off to his abode by the Simbali Lake and there lived with her. The king, missing his queen, sent his physician, Natakuvera, to look for her. The physician hid himself in the Garudas plumage and thus reached the palace where Kakati was. There he enjoyed her favour and returned to Benares in the Garudas wing. While the Garuda and the king were playing at dice, Natakuvera sang a song telling of his experiences with Kakati. The Garuda, realising what had happened, brought the queen back to Benares.

The story was related by the Buddha to a monk who was discontented on account of a woman. The monk is identified with Natakuvera (J.iii.90-2).

The story is among those related by the bird Kunala, in the Kunala Jataka. There (J.v.428) we learn that the Garudas name was Venateyya, who is identified with Kunala.

The Kakati Jataka very closely resembles the Sussondi Jataka. J.iii.187ff.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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