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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.107) 7 Marriage
Sugata Saurabha

Todd Lewis (Contributor Webpage)

Subarna Tuladhar

Oxford University Press

A vivid description of the wedding negotiations, engagement rites, and wedding rituals for Prince Siddhārtha and Yashodharā dominate the chapter. King Dandapani tells King Shuddhodana that for him to allow his daughter to marry the prince, Siddhārtha must prove his warrior valor and learning in a formal competition with other Shākya youth, including Devadatta and another cousin, Nanda. Siddhārtha wins every event. The poet then describes in minute detail most of the extended ceremonial procedures performed in an upper‐caste Newar wedding. Here we can note one reason that Chittadhar composed Sugata Saurabha, wanting to record for the future the old customs of Newar life. The chapter concludes with the couple worshiping the god Ganesh together, then retreating to the couple's newly built pleasure palace, designed to focus the Prince's mind on material life, sexual pleasure, and kingship.

Keywords:   Devadatta, Nanda, Siddhārtha, Yashodharā, King Dandapani, King Shuddhodana, marriage, wedding, ritual, Ganesh

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