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Vidhura

1. Vidhura.– A brahmin, chaplain of the king of Bārāṇasī. For details see the Sambhava Jātaka. He is identified with Mahā-Kassapa (J.v.67). Vidhura’s son was Bhadrakāra. J.v.60.

2. Vidhura.– The Bodhisatta born as the minister of Dhanañjaya-Korabya. See the Vidhura Jātaka.

His father was the brahmin Canda (J.vi.262), and he owned three palaces: Koñca, Mayūra, and Piyaketa (J.vi.289). Anujjā was his wife and Cetā his daughter-in-law; among his sons was Dhammapāla (J.vi.290).

In one place (J.vi.301) he is spoken of as having one thousand wives and seven hundred female slaves.

The Vidhurapaṇḍita of the Dhūmakāri Jātaka is probably identical with the above, as also the minister of the same name in the Dasabrāhmaṇa Jātaka. The latter contains a long discussion between Vidhūra and the Korabya king regarding the qualities of a true brahmin.

3. Vidhura.– The Milindapañha (p.202) refers to a birth of the Bodhisatta in which he was a wise man (paṇḍita) named Vidhura. At that time Devadatta, although a jackal, brought the kings of all Jambudīpa under his sway. The reference is evidently to the Sabbadāṭha Jātaka (No.241), but there the Bodhisatta’s name is not given.

4. Vidhura.– See also Vidhūra.

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