A very costly ornament of gold. In the time of the Buddha it was possessed only by three persons: Bandhula’s wife, Mallikā, Visākhā, and Devadāniyacora (DA.ii.599; at DhA.i.412 the daughter of the treasurer of Bārāṇasī is substituted for Devadāniya). Visākhā once left it behind in the monastery, where she had gone to hear the Buddha teach, and when she sent her slave girl for it Ānanda had already put it away. She, thereupon, refused to take it back and had it sold. It was worth ninety million, the workmanship being worth one hundred thousand. No one was found able to buy it, so Visākhā herself paid the price for it, and, with the proceeds, erected the Migāramātupāsāda (DhA.i.411 ﬀ). Mallikā, after the death of her husband, refused to wear her jewels, and, when the Buddha’s body was being taken for cremation, she washed her ornament in scented water and placed it on the Buddha’s bier with the following resolve: ” May I, in future births, have a body that shall need no ornaments, but which shall appear as though it always bore them (DA.ii.597).
The making of Visākhā’s ornament took four months, with five hundred goldsmiths working day and night. In its construction were used four pint pots (nāḷi) of diamonds, eleven of pearls, twenty-
¹ There is no reliable way to know exactly what these ancient measures translate to in modern units (ed.)