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Goḷakāḷa

Husband of Dīghatālā. He obtained his wife after having worked seven years in a house. One day, when on his way with his wife to visit her parents, they came to a stream, and, while they were hesitating before crossing, a man named Dīghapiṭṭhi came along and offered to take them across, because, he said, he was well-known to the denizens of the river. He took Dīghatālā first, with the sweetmeats intended for her relations, and persuaded her to come with him, leaving her husband. When Goḷakāḷa realised what had happened, he jumped into the stream in desperation, easily crossing it — because it was really very shallow — and claimed his wife. In the course of the quarrel between the two men they came to where Mahosadha held court, and he, having heard their respective stories, decided, with the approval of the assembled populace, in favour of Goḷakāḷa.

It is said Goḷakāḷa was so called because he was dwarfish, like a ball (goḷaka), and black (kāḷa). J.vi.337, 338.

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