1. Ubbarī. A princess. In the time of Kakusandha she was a hen. Having heard a monk repeat a formula of meditation,
she was born as a royal princess and named Ubbarī. Seeing a heap of maggots in
the privy, she meditated thereon and entered the first jhāna and was born in the
Brahma-world. In the time of Gotama Buddha she was reborn as a sow in Rājagaha,
and the Buddha, seeing her, smiled and related her past to Ananda. Later she was
born in the royal household in Suvannabhūmi, then, in succession, in a
horse-dealer's house in Suppāraka and in a mariner's household in Kāvīra. Then
she was reborn in a nobleman's house in Anurādhapura, and again in the village
of Bokkanta in South Ceylon, as the daughter of a householder named Sumana. She
was called Sumanā, after her father. When her father moved to the village of
Mahāmuni in Dīghavāpi, Lakuntaka Atimbam, prime minister of Dutthagāmani, met
her and married her, and she went to live in Mahāpunna.
Having recollected her past births from
some words uttered by the Elder Anula of Kotipabbata, she joined the Order of
Pańcabalaka nuns. At Tissamahārāma she heard the Mahā Satipatthāna Sutta and
became a Sotāpanna. Later, having heard the Āsīvisopama Sutta in
Kallaka-Mahāvihāra, she attained arahantship. On the day of her death she
related her story, first to the nuns and then in the assembly, in the presence
of the Elder Mahā Tissa of Mandalārāma. DhA.iv.46ff.
2. Ubbarī. The wife of Cūlanī
Brahmadatta, king of Kapila in the Pańcāla kingdom. She was a daughter of a poor
woman in the village, and the king met her while on his wanderings disguised as
a tailor, which disguise he assumed in order to find out news of the people for
himself. She was given the name Ubbarī on the day of her marriage, and Cūlanī
made her his chief queen. When the king died, she went to the cemetery day after
day, lamenting for her dead husband and refusing to be comforted. One day the
Bodhisatta, who was an ascetic in Himavā, noticed her with his divine eye and
appeared before her. Having heard her story, he pointed out to her that
eighty-six thousand kings of Pańcāla, all bearing the name of Cūlanī Brahmadatta,
had been burnt in that very spot and that she had been the queen of them all.
Thereupon, Ubbarī abandoned her grief and renounced the world. She developed
thoughts of loving-kindness and in due course was reborn in the Brahma-world
She is probably to be identified with
the queen of Cūlanī Brahmadatta, king of Pańcāla, mentioned in the Mahā-Ummagga
Jātaka (J.vi.473, 475), in which case her original name was Nandā-devī.
According to the scholiast (J.vi.473), Ubbarī is not a proper name but means any
women of the court (orodha).
3. Ubbarī.Queen Consort of Assaka, king
of Potali in the Kāsi kingdom. She was extremely beautiful and, when she died,
the king had her body embalmed and placed in a coffin which was put under his
bed. She, however, was born as a dung-worm because she had been intoxicated by
her own beauty. The story is related in the Assaka Jātaka. J. ii.155ff.
4. Ubbarī.Wife of the Prince Brahmadatta, mentioned in the Dhonasākha Jātaka (J.iii.161). On his deathbed the
king thinks of her longingly and speaks of her as being of swarthy hue.