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Ghaṭa

1. Ghaṭa (also called Ghaṭakumāra).–The Bodhisatta, born as the king of Bārāṇasī. One of his ministers misbehaved in the royal harem and the king, catching him in the act, banished him. The minister took service with Vaṅka, king of Sāvatthi, and persuaded him to attack Bārāṇasī. Ghaṭa was captured and thrown into prison, where he entered into ecstatic meditation. However, Vaṅka was seized by a burning sensation, and he ordered the release of Ghaṭa and the restoration of his kingdom. J.iii.168 f; cf. Ekarāja.

2. Ghaṭa (also called Ghaṭapaṇḍita).– The Bodhisatta, born as the ninth of the ten Andhakaveṇhudāsaputtā. When a son of his brother, Vāsudeva, died, Vāsudeva lamented beyond all measure, and Ghaṭa, wishing to cure him, feigned madness and went about Dvāravatī asking for the hare in the moon. When Vāsudeva heard of this from his courtier Rohiṇeyya, he hastened to Ghaṭa and argued with him about the ridiculousness of his quest. The plan succeeded and Vāsudeva was cured of his grief. J.iv.81, 84 ff; Pv.ii.6; PvA.93 f.

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