[INDOLOGY] Sambulā-Jātaka

Rolf Heinrich Koch rolfheiner.koch at gmail.com
Sun Mar 22 16:10:36 EDT 2020

Thank you all for the suggestions.

I am searching for a parallel or similar version of the Sambulā-Jātaka 
in northern Buddhist scriptures (or in Jaina-resources) where Śakra 
appears as a terrible being.


Am 22.03.2020 um 21:01 schrieb Madhav Deshpande:
> In the R̥gveda, there is an account of Indra cleansing Apālā from a 
> skin disease.  For a discussion of this, see: 
> https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3827509/
> Madhav M. Deshpande
> Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
> University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
> Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies
> [Residence: Campbell, California, USA]
> On Sun, Mar 22, 2020 at 9:15 AM Rolf Heinrich Koch via INDOLOGY 
> <indology at list.indology.info <mailto:indology at list.indology.info>> wrote:
>     Dear Listmembers,
>     the Sambulā-Jātaka (519) is illustrated at a monastery Sri Lanka.
>     Sambulā takes care of her leprosy husband Sotthisena in the
>     forest. A demon falls in love and tries to catch her but Śakra
>     rescues her.  The corresponding mural depicts Śakra as a terrible
>     being holding a club in his hands. The Pali Jātaka provides no
>     description of a disguised Śakra but in the Sinhalese
>     Sambulā-Jātaka we can read, that Śakra saves Sambulā in the
>     disguise of a terrible being (.../Sakdevraja bhayānaka vēṣayak
>     geṇa/ ...). I suppose this is recorded in a source of the
>     Mūlasarvāstivāda-Vinaya tradition, written in Sanskrit or Tibetan.
>     Anyone of you came across a similar version of this story, where
>     Śakra saves Sambulā in a terrible disguise?
>     Thank you
>     Heiner
>     Rolf Heinrich Koch
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