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J.326 Kakkaaru Jaataka Once a great festival was held in Benares, attended by both humans and non-humans. Among the latter were four gods from Tavatimsa, wearing wreaths of kakkaru flowers, the fragrance of which filled the town. When men wondered at the fragrance, the gods made themselves visible. Men asked for the flowers, but the gods explained that they could only be worn by those possessed of certain virtues. The kingís chaplain, hoping to deceive the gods, claimed possession of those virtues. The wreath was put on his head, and the gods disappeared. The chaplain was seized with great pain in his head, but on trying to remove the wreath, he found it impossible to do so. When he had suffered for seven days, the king, hoping to save his life, held another similar festival at which the gods were again present. The chaplain confessed guilt and obtained relief. The story was told in reference to the vomitting of blood by Devadatta when his disciples left him. 58/555 Jataka Khuddhaka J.iii.086ff. telling lies

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