1. Ubbarí.-A princess. In the time of Kakusandha she was a hen. Having heard a monk repeat a formula of meditation, she was born as a royal princess and named Ubbarí. Seeing a heap of maggots in the privy, she meditated thereon and entered the first jhána and was born in the Brahma-world. In the time of Gotama Buddha she was reborn as a sow in Rájagaha, and the Buddha, seeing her, smiled and related her past to Ananda. Later she was born in the royal household in Suvannabhúmi, then, in succession, in a horse-dealer's house in Suppáraka and in a mariner's household in Kávíra. Then she was reborn in a nobleman's house in Anurádhapura, and again in the village of Bokkanta in South Ceylon, as the daughter of a householder named Sumana. She was called Sumaná, after her father. When her father moved to the village of Mahámuni in Díghavápi, Lakuntaka Atimbam, prime minister of Dutthagámani, met her and married her, and she went to live in Mahápunna.

Having recollected her past births from some words uttered by the Elder Anula of Kotipabbata, she joined the Order of Pañcabalaka nuns. At Tissamaháráma she heard the Mahá Satipatthána Sutta and became a Sotápanna. Later, having heard the Ásívisopama Sutta in Kallaka-Mahávihára, she attained arahantship. On the day of her death she related her story, first to the nuns and then in the assembly, in the presence of the Elder Mahá Tissa of Mandaláráma. DhA.iv.46ff.


2. Ubbarí.-The wife of Cúlaní Brahmadatta, king of Kapila in the Pañcála kingdom. She was a daughter of a poor woman in the village, and the king met her while on his wanderings disguised as a tailor, which disguise he assumed in order to find out news of the people for himself. She was given the name Ubbarí on the day of her marriage, and Cúlaní made her his chief queen. When the king died, she went to the cemetery day after day, lamenting for her dead husband and refusing to be comforted. One day the Bodhisatta, who was an ascetic in Himavá, noticed her with his divine eye and appeared before her. Having heard her story, he pointed out to her that eighty-six thousand kings of Pañcála, all bearing the name of Cúlaní Brahmadatta, had been burnt in that very spot and that she had been the queen of them all. Thereupon, Ubbarí abandoned her grief and renounced the world. She developed thoughts of loving-kindness and in due course was reborn in the Brahma-world (Pv.32; PvA.160-8).

She is probably to be identified with the queen of Cúlaní Brahmadatta, king of Pañcála, mentioned in the Mahá-Ummagga Játaka (J.vi.473, 475), in which case her original name was Nandá-deví. According to the scholiast (J.vi.473), Ubbarí is not a proper name but means any women of the court (orodha).


3. Ubbarí.-Queen Consort of Assaka, king of Potali in the Kási kingdom. She was extremely beautiful and, when she died, the king had her body embalmed and placed in a coffin which was put under his bed. She, however, was born as a dung-worm because she had been intoxicated by her own beauty. The story is related in the Assaka Játaka. J.ii.155ff.


4. Ubbarí.-Wife of the Prince Brahmadatta, mentioned in the Dhonasákha Játaka (J.iii.161). On his deathbed the king thinks of her longingly and speaks of her as being of swarthy hue.

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