Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Sugata SaurabhaAn Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha by Chittadhar Hridaya$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 25 August 2019

Yashodharā

Yashodharā

Chapter:
(p.151) 9 Yashodharā
Source:
Sugata Saurabha
Author(s):

Todd Lewis (Contributor Webpage)

Subarna Tuladhar

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341829.003.0010

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

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .