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Udumbara-devi

Wife of Piṅguttara. She was the daughter of a teacher in Takkasilā and was given to Piṅguttara because he was the eldest pupil. However, he was unhappy with her, and on the way to his home, when she climbed up a fig (udumbara) tree to pluck fruits for herself, he put thorns round the tree and ran away, leaving her. The king, coming along, saw her and married her. She was called Udumbara-devi because of the circumstances in which she was found. When the king suspected her of infidelity to him, Mahosadha saved her from ignominy, and she became thereafter his best friend and helped him in all his doings, treating him, with the king’s permission, as her younger brother. When the king planned to kill Mahosadha, Udumbara-devi warned him in time and enabled him to evade the treachery of his enemies at court (J.vi.348, 352, 355, 363, 368, 384).

In the present age she was Diṭṭhamaṅgalikā (s.v. Mātaṅga Jātaka, J.vi.478).

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