[INDOLOGY] question about kings poisoned by wives

Jesse Knutson jknutson at hawaii.edu
Mon Apr 8 17:34:57 UTC 2019

On Mon, Apr 8, 2019, 7:16 AM Jesse Knutson <jknutson at hawaii.edu> wrote:

> Thanks ao much Iris. This ia very helpful. Please do sens the pages. Best,J
> On Mon, Apr 8, 2019, 1:06 AM farkhondeh iran <iran_farkhondeh at yahoo.fr>
> wrote:
>> Dear Jesse,
>> *Arthaśāstra* 1.20.16 mentions among others the queen who « killed the
>> king of Kāśī by mixing fried grain with poison under the guise of honey. »
>> Here is the passage of the AŚ followed by Kangle’s translation:
>> 1.20.16 lājān madhuneti viṣeṇa paryasya devī kāśīrājam viṣadigdhena
>> nūpureṇa vairantyam mekhalāmaṇinā sauvīram jālūtham ādarśena, veṇyāṃ gūḍhaṃ
>> śastraṃ kṛtvā devī vidūrathaṃ jaghāna.
>> « The queen killed the king of Kāśī by mixing fried grain with poison
>> under the guise of honey; (the queen killed) Vairantya with an anklet
>> smeared with poison, the king of the Sauvīras with a (poison-smeared)
>> girdle jewel, Jālūtha with a (poison-smeared) mirror; the queen killed
>> Vidūratha by keeping a weapon concealed in the braid of her hair. » (R.P.
>> Kangle, 1972, vol. 2, p. 50).
>> You might also want to have a look at Kalhaṇa’s *Rājataraṅgiṇī* 7.685
>> and 8.1276-1278 where Vidūratha is mentioned (vidūrathādivṛttāntam (…)
>> kelikṣaṇe bruvan (…)). Medhātithi’s commentary on Manu 7.153 mentions
>> anecdotes about kings who were assassinated by queens. I have written a few
>> pages in my PhD dissertation on this topic and I would be happy to share
>> them with you, even though my dissertation is in French.
>> Kind regards,
>> Iris Iran Farkhondeh
>> Iris Iran Farkhondeh
>> Docteur en Études Indiennes
>> Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3
>> Mondes iranien et indien
>> 00 33
>> iran_farkhondeh at yahoo.fr
>> Le 6 avr. 2019 à 21:24, Jesse Knutson via INDOLOGY <
>> indology at list.indology.info> a écrit :
>> Dear Friends, To emphasize how careful the king should be even among his
>> intimates, the Nītisāra presents a series of brief anecdotes about kings
>> who were assassinated by by their wives and family members for a variety of
>> reasons (specified concisely by the comm. Jayamaṅgalā). I was wondering if
>> any of you know these stories in more detail from other sources. These are
>> the stories of Bhadrasena (killed by his brother hiding in the queen's
>> quarters), Kārūṣa (killed by his son hiding under his mother's bed), a
>> certain Kāśirājendra (killed by wife with poisoned rice), Vairūpya (killed
>> with a poisoned girdle-jem), and Jāruṣya (killed by a small dagger hidden
>> in the queen's braid). Thanks and all best, भवदीयः,J
>> --
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>> Jesse Ross Knutson PhD
>> Associate Professor of Sanskrit Language and Literature
>> Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures
>> University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
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