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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.075 Maccha Jaataka Once the bodhisatva was born as a fish in a pond. There was a great drought: crops withered and the water in the ponds and tanks gave out. Seeing this, the bodhisatva approached Pajjuna, god of rain, and made an act of truth, begging for rain. The request succeeded and heavy rain fell. The story was told in reference to a great drought in Kosala. Even the pond by the gate of Jetavana was dry, and the Buddha, touched by the widespread suffering, resolved to obtain rain. On his way back from the alms-round, he sent Ananda to fetch his bathing robe. As he was putting this on, Sakkaís throne was heated and he ordered Pajjuna to send rain. The god filled himself with clouds and then bending his face and mouth, deluged all Kosala with torrents of rain. The Pajjuna of the earlier story is identified with Ananda. 56/204 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.i.329ff. drought, truthfulness

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