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Udakavana

The name of King Udena’s park at Kosambī on the river. It was a favourite spot of Piṇḍola-Bhāradvāja, who often spent the day there. On one occasion when he was there, Udena came with the women of the palace to the pleasance to enjoy himself. When the king fell asleep the women wandered about the park and, seeing Piṇḍola, they went up to him and he taught them.

The king, on waking, was enraged to find the women absent and, on learning the cause, went to Piṇḍola and questioned him. Piṇḍola, knowing that the king had no wish to learn, sat silent. The king, in great anger, threatened to cast a net of red ants on the elder, but before he could carry out his threat, Piṇḍola vanished through the air (SnA.ii.514 f; SA.iii.27 f).

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