Once the Bodhisatta was born as the king of
Chaddanta elephants. The body of the elephant
king was pure white with red face and feet. He
lived in a golden cave (Kanchana-guha) on the
bank of a lake. He had two queens, namely,
Mahasubhadda and Chullasubhadda.
Once after bathing in the lake and frolicking in
the forest with his queens and attendants he
sportingly hit a fully blossomed sal tree.
Incidentally, the dry leaves, twigs and red ants
from the tree fell on Chullasubhadda but the
flowers and the pollen of the tree rained on
Mahasubhadda. This made Chullasubhadda feel
insulted and desert her husband. Chaddanta,
however, tried to look for her but failed.
course of time, Chullasubhadda died and was
reborn in a royal family of the Madda kingdom.
Later, when she grew up she was married to the
king of Varanasi and became his chief consort.
Still, she remembered her humiliation in the
kingdom of Chaddanta. So, she hatched a plot to
get Chaddanta's tusks cut off; and convinced the
Varanasi king to obtain his tusks for her. The
king in turn summoned all the hunters of the
kingdom and finally assigned the task to
Nonetheless, it took seven years, seven months
and seven days for Sonuttara to find the
Chaddanta's abode. There he stealthily dug a pit
and covered it with dry leaves and twigs. When
the elephant passed over it he shot him with a
poisoned arrow. The elephant was to charge
against him but when he saw Sonuttara clad in a
saffron robe of a monk he recoiled and did not
harm the hunter. Affected by the victim's
extreme religiosity the cruel hunter's heart
changed and he narrated the entire story to the
elephant out of sheer respect.
the hunter was not strong enough to cut off the
Chaddanta's tusks he himself held the saw in his
tusk and cut them off and handed over to the
When the chief consort of Varanasi saw the
Chaddanta's tusks being brought by Sonuttara she
fainted and died because she could not bear the