A Therī. She was foremost among nuns, of swift intuition, and was born in the family of a treasurer of Rājagaha. On the same day, a son was born to the king’s chaplain under a constellation favourable to highwaymen, and was therefore called Sattuka. One day, through her lattice, Bhaddā saw Sattuka being led by the city guard to execution on a charge of robbery. She fell at once in love with him and refused to live without him. Her father, out of his love for her, bribed the guard to release Sattuka, let him be bathed in perfumed water, and brought him home, where Bhaddā, decked in jewels, waited upon him. Very soon, Sattuka began to covet her jewels and told her that he had made a vow to the deity of the Robbers’ Cliff that, should he escape, he would bring him an offering. She trusted him and, making ready an offering, went with him arrayed in all her ornaments. On arriving at the top of the cliff, he told her of his purpose, and she, all undaunted, begged of him to let her embrace him on all sides. He agreed to this, and then, making as if to embrace him from the back, she pushed him over the cliff. The deity of the mountain praised her presence of mind saying that men were not in all cases wiser than women.
Unwilling to return home after what had happened; she joined the Order of the white robed Nigaṇṭhā. As she wished to practise extreme austerities, they dragged out her hair with a palmyra comb. Her hair grew again in close curls, and so they called her “Kuṇḍalakesā” (Curly-
In the time of Padumuttara Buddha, she had heard him teach and place as foremost among nuns one whose intuition was swift (khippābhiññā). She vowed that this rank should one day be hers. Later, when Kassapa was Buddha, she was one of the seven daughters of Kikī, king of Bārāṇasī, and was named Bhikkhadāyikā (v.l. Bhikkhudāsikā). For twenty thousand years she remained celibate and built a dwelling for the Order. A.i.25; AA.i.200 ﬀ; ThigA.99 ﬀ; Ap.ii.560 ﬀ. The DhA. Account (ii. 217 ﬀ.) differs in various details. There Bhaddā is shut up by her parents at the top of a seven storeyed building with only a single woman to wait on her, for “girls when young, burn for men!” It was thus that she saw the robber.