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J.341 Ku.n.dali Jaataka A king of Benares was very handsome. Each day he received one thousand boxes of perfume for his use and his food was cooked with scented wood. His wife, Kinnara was very beautiful and his chaplain was Pa~ncalacanda. One day Kinnara looking out (of the window) saw a loathesome cripple in the shade of a jambu tree near her window and fell in love with the man. Thereafter, she would wait nightly for the king to fall asleep and would then nightly visit the cripple, taking him dainty foods and having her pleasure with him. One day, the king, returning from a procession, saw the misshapen creature, and asked the chaplain if such a man could ever win the love of a woman. The cripple, hearing the question, proudly boasted of his conquest of the queenís heart. At the chaplainís suggestion, the king watched the queenís movements the same night. He saw the cripple abuse and strike her for arriving late. The blow fell on her ear, breaking her earring, which the king picked up. The next day, the king ordered the queen to appear before him in all her jewellry and having proved that he knew of her infidelity, handed her over to the chaplain for execution.Pa~ncalacanda, pitying the woman, begged that she should be pardoned, because he claimed that infidelity was an instinct common to all women (woman can not be owned any more than a well from which anyone can drink) To prove his contention, Pa~ncalacanda and the king travelled throughout the Jambudipa in disguise, testing the virtue of various women. Convinced that all women were alike, the king spared Kinnaraís life, but drove her out of the palace, together with the cripple and had the jambu tree cut down. The story was related by the bird Kunala to his friend Punnamukha, testifying the unfaithfulness of women. Kunala is identified with Pa~ncalacanda. 58/655 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.132ff. women, infidelity

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