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Māthara

v.l. Matthara.– A parrot belonging to Mahosadha. When Mahosadha wished to find out the plans of Cūḷanī Brahmadatta, he sent Māthara to the mynah that lived in Cūḷanī’s bedchamber. Māthara made love to her, pretending that he had come from Ariṭṭhapura to ask her to marry him, because his first wife (also a mynah) had been killed by a hawk. He related the stories of Vāsudeva and Jambāvatī and of Vaccha and Rattavatī, to prove that husband and wife need not be equal in birth. Having won her heart and discovered Cūḷanī’s secrets, Māthara flew back to Mahosadha (J.vi.418 ff). He is identified with Ānanda. J.vi.478.

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