Jataka Tales – King Kusha

A Jataka Tale about inner beauty: Kusha, prince of Kushavati was blessed with immense wisdom and extraordinary talent but he had the ugliest of faces. The beautiful princess Prabhavati was not aware of his ugliness when she married him. Kusha’s mother saw to it that the princess never set eyes on her son’s face. But when she did, Prabhavati refused to have anything to do with her husband and went away leaving poor Kusha brokenhearted.

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The ‘Jataka’ (Birth-cycle) tales narrate the stories related to the ‘seekers of truth’ – those who wish to follow the path of Buddha. Of the 550 Jatakas that form the canon, many are about both animals and humans. The stories were originally compiled in the Pali language.

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