Daughter of Mahānāma the Sākiyan by a slave-woman named
Nāgamundā (J.i.133). When Pasenadi asked for a
Sākiyan girl in marriage, she was
given to him. Mahā-nāma went through the pretence of eating with her in order to
allay Pasenadi's suspicions. It is said (J.iv.145) that Mahā-nāma sat down to
eat with her, but that as he was about to take the first mouthful, a messenger
arrived, as prearranged, and brought him an urgent letter. He, thereupon, left
the food uneaten in order to read the letter, and asked Vāsabhakkhattiyā to
finish her meal.
Vidūdabha was the son of
Vāsabhakkhattiyā. It was this deceit practised on Pasenadi
which made Vidūdabha take his revenge on the Sākiyans (DhA.i.345 f; J. iv.145f).
It is said that when Pasenadi discovered
Vāsabhakkhattiyā's servile origin, he degraded both her and her son from their
rank, and that they never went outside the palace (J.i.133f.; iv.148; aft also
M.ii.110, where she is called Vāsabhā).
When the Buddha heard of this, he visited the king,
preached to him the Katthahāri Jātaka, and had the queen restored to