But what neither the archives, nor any other source, could explain were the painted murals, which typically depict scenes from the Jataka
tales of the birth and life of the Buddha, the Reamker - the Khmer version of the Ramayana - and occasionally the lives of royalty.
records that the Buddha himself was once 'a supremely able ship's captain' named Suparaga, who had acquired great knowledge of the ocean.
Thus, while the Vessantara Jataka
text which underlies this ceremony is known throughout the Buddhist world (25) and may be "the most famous of all Jataka
tales," (26) different cultures deal with it differently.
Antecedents of the Sindbad stories can be found, as he shows, in a number of story-cycles from the subcontinent, from a Nepali Sanskrit version of the Brhat-katha (great story) called the Brhat-katha-sloka-samgraha (collection of verses from the Brhat-katha) featuring a merchant named Sanudasa, to the Tamil Manimekhalai, and even one of the Buddhist Jataka
tales (the Valahassa-Jataka
Several Buddhist texts including Jataka
tales mention Saint Agastya, whom many consider to be the father of Tamil language.
The water screen pandal which is 60 ft long and 30 ft in height will display two Jataka
Of Beggars and Buddhas: The Politics of Humor in the Vessantara Jataka
In a Jataka
story, King Senaka receives a charm from his Naga friend.
In the Jataka
, clever animals do good deeds and are thus reborn in better circumstances.
Draupadi's uncontrollable oceanic desire has been distorted as nymphomania in the Buddhist Jataka
stories, while in Devi Bhagavata Puraana, her distant brother-in-law rapes her to correct her transgressive nature.
A great option for Zen beginners, the book playfully works with sutras (teachings), Bodhisattvas (enlightened beings) and jataka
Hussain's popular writings include Basti, Hindustan Se Aakhri Khat, Agay Samander hai, Shehr-e-Afsos, Jataka
Tales, Janam Kahanian and Wo Jo Kho Gaye.