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Story of Janapada Kalyani Nanda
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Kalyani Nanda was the prettiest maiden of the janapada
(the kingdom). She was engaged in marriage to Nanda, the half brother
of Gotama Buddha. Hence, she earned the sobriquet of Janapada Kalyani,
which means the “Grace of the Kingdom”. She belonged to a noble family.
Engaged to the prince
of the kingdom she was in deep love with her prospective groom and was
over-thrilled with the prospect of her marriage with him.
Just on the day before
her marriage when all preparations for the ceremony were being made the
Buddha arrived at the palace and sent for Nanda, the groom. Further, she
saw him walking out with the Buddha and thought that he would be back
soon. But to her disappointment the groom did not return because the Buddha
had taken him to his monastery to teach him to renounce the house-hold
life and become a monk.
When all preparations for her marriage were taking place; she decked out in her finest dress and sat in the mandap decorated with flowers and with the banana stems raised on its four corners, the news of Nanda’s renunciation was announced all of a sudden. The news came as a blow on the bride-in-waiting. Shocked and terribly hurt, she swooned.
See Samyutta Nikaya iv.341; Udana Commentary 170; Jataka 1.394; Majjhima Nikaya i.387; Dhammapada Atthakatha i.105; Theragatha Atthakatha i.318.
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