The Bodhisatta was once born as a candāla. His wife, being with child,
yearned to eat a mango, and he went by night to the king's garden to try and get
one. But day broke before he could escape and he remained perched in the tree.
While he was there, the king came with his chaplain and, sitting on a high seat
at the foot of the tree, learnt the Law from the chaplain, who occupied a low
seat. The Bodhisatta climbed down from the tree and pointed out to them their
error. The king, being very pleased, made him ruler of the city by night and
placed round his neck the garland of red flowers which he himself was wearing.
Hence the custom of the lords of the city to wear a wreath of red flowers.
The story was related in reference to the
Chabbaggiya monks, who preached the Doctrine to those who sat on a higher
seat than they themselves. J. iii.27ff.