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Sugata SaurabhaAn Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha by Chittadhar Hridaya$
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Todd T. Lewis and Subarna Man Tuladhar

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195341829

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341829.001.0001

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(p.151) 9 Yashodharā
Sugata Saurabha

Todd Lewis (Contributor Webpage)

Subarna Tuladhar

Oxford University Press

This chapter opens with the dismay, confusion, and mourning caused by the prince's departure. Although palace life adjusts to Siddhārtha's absence with the consolations of raising the son named Rahula, the pain does not easily lift for Yashodharā. Through a series of reminiscences, Yashodharā recalls stories of her romantic moments with Siddhārtha. By using the mechanism of Yashodharā's recollections, the poet imaginatively writes what is not found in any classical source: the romantic personality of Siddhārtha after he was married. The chapter dwells on the misery and depression engulfing the princess. As time passes and the prince stays away, the poet describes what the autumn season is like and what festivals and traditional rites are performed by Newars. After hearing the advice of her attendants who bring up precedents from Hindu literature, Yashodharā in the end decides that all she can do is live as an ascetic in the palace.

Keywords:   Siddhārtha, Yashodharā, palace, departure, Rahula, festivals, ascetic

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