Kanha Jātaka (No.29, 440)
1. Kanha Jātaka (No.29). The story of
Ayya-kālaka. The story was related by
the Buddha to the monks, who expressed great wonder at the miracles performed by
him at Sankassa. It was not only in his last
birth that he performed wonders.
The old woman in the story is identified with
The story is also given in the Anguttara Commentary (i.415), with a few
The Dhammapada Commentary (iii.213) refers to it as the Kanhausabha Jātaka.
2. Kanha Jātaka (No.440). The story of
Kanha-tāpasa. He was the only son of a
brahmin in Benares and inherited great wealth; he was educated at
Takkasilā. When his parents died he gave away
all his wealth and retired to the Himalaya, where he practised rigid asceticism,
never entering a village, eating the produce of only one tree, and living not
even in a hut. He acquired great mystic powers, and Sakka's throne was heated by
his virtue. Sakka visited him and, having tested
him and asked him various questions, granted him six boons. The ascetic chose
only such things as pertained to the life of renunciation. Sakka decreed that
the tree under which the ascetic lived should bear fruit perennially.
The Sakka of the story was Anuruddha. It is said that the acetic was called
Kanha on account of his dark complexion.
The story was related to Ananda in
explanation of the Buddha's smile as he was passing a certain spot in the
Nigrodhārāma in Kapilavatthu; it was the
spot where the ascetic Kanha practised his meditations. J. iv.6ff