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Takkapaṇḍita Jātaka (No.63)

Once the Bodhisatta was an ascetic on the banks of the Gaṅgā, from which he rescued Duṭṭhakumārī, daughter of the treasurer of Bārāṇasī, who had been thrown into the flood during a storm by her long-suffering servants. The ascetic succumbed to the wiles of Duṭṭhakumārī and took up his abode with her in a village, where they earned their living by selling curds (takka). He therefore came to be called Takkapaṇḍita. One day the village was looted by robbers, and they carried the woman away together with their booty. Living happily with the robber chief, she feared that her former husband might come to claim her; she therefore sent for him with sweet words, planning to have him killed.

While being beaten by the robber-chief, Takkapaṇḍita kept repeating, “Ungrateful wretches,” and, on being asked the reason, related the story. The robber thereupon killed the woman.

Ānanda is identified with the robber-chief. The story was related to a passion-tossed monk (J.i.295‑99).

The Jātaka is sometimes referred to as the Takkāriya Jātaka, e.g., J.v.446 (16).

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