Vasabbakkhattiya, aka: Vāsabbakkhattiyā; 1 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Daughter of Mahanama the Sakiyan by a slave woman named Nagamunda (J.i.133). When Pasenadi asked for a Sakiyan girl in marriage, she was given to him. Maha nama went through the pretence of eating with her in order to allay Pasenadis suspicions. It is said (J.iv.145) that Maha nama sat down to eat with her, but that as he was about to take the first mouthful, a messenger arrived, as prearranged, and brought him an urgent letter. He, thereupon, left the food uneaten in order to read the letter, and asked Vasabhakkhattiya to finish her meal.

Vidudabha was the son of Vasabhakkhattiya. It was this deceit practised on Pasenadi which made Vidudabha take his revenge on the Sakiyans (DhA.i.345 f; J.iv.145f).

It is said that when Pasenadi discovered Vasabhakkhattiyas servile origin, he degraded both her and her son from their rank, and that they never went outside the palace (J.i.133f.; iv.148; aft also M.ii.110, where she is called Vasabha).

When the Buddha heard of this, he visited the king, preached to him the Katthahari Jataka, and had the queen restored to honour.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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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