Kākātī was the chief queen of the King of Benares (the Bodhisatta). A certain
Garuda king came disguised as a man and played at
dice with the king. Having fallen in love with Kākātī, the Garuda carried her
off to his abode by the Simbalī-Lake and there lived with her. The king, missing
his queen, sent his physician, Natakuvera, to look for her. The physician hid
himself in the Garuda's plumage and thus reached the palace where Kākātī was.
There he enjoyed her favour and returned to Benares in the Garuda's wing. While
the Garuda and the king were playing at dice, Natakuvera sang a song telling of
his experiences with Kākātī. The Garuda, realising what had happened, brought
the queen back to Benares.
The story was related by the Buddha to a monk who was discontented on account
of a woman. The monk is identified with Natakuvera (J.iii.90-2).
The story is among those related by the bird Kunāla, in the
Kunāla Jātaka. There (J.v.428) we learn
that the Garuda's name was Venateyya, who is identified with Kunāla.
The Kākātī Jātaka very closely resembles the
Sussondī Jātaka. J. iii.187ff.