[XIII. Mahinda's Journey]

1-29 ≠ Mhv 1-21

[Asoka's Children in Avanti]
9-13 ≠ Mhv 9-11

Avantiraṭṭhaṁ bhuñjanto,01 This section is evidently either an interpolation to explain the genealogy of Mahinda and Saṅghamitta, or is at least out of position, as the events should properly have been stated first.02 Pitarā dinnam-attano,
While he was enjoying the country of Avanti, which was given to him by his Father,

so Asokakumāro pi, Ujjenigamanā purā, [9]
Prince Asoka, on his journey to the city of Ujjenī,

Vedisanagaraṁ patvā, vasati ca pure vare,
after arriving at the city of Vedisa, dwelling in that noble city,

Deviṁ nāma labhitvāna kumāriṁ, seṭṭhidhītaraṁ, [10]
and receiving a girl named Devī, a merchant's daughter,

gahī subhaṁ abhirūpaṁ Vedisanagare vare,
took ahold of that lovely and handsome (girl) in the noble city of Vedisa,

saṁvāsaṁ tāya kappesi, gabbhaṁ gaṇhiya tena sā. [11]
became intimate with her, and through him she conceived Lit: an embryo took hold.03 a child.

Ujjeniyaṁ kumāraṁ taṁ Mahindaṁ janayī sutaṁ, Mhv: subhaṁ; (to a) beautiful (son).04
In Ujjenī she gave birth to a son, prince Mahinda,

vassadvayaṁ atikkamma Saṅghamittañ-ca dhītaraṁ, [12]
and after two years had passed also to a daughter Saṅghamittā, It is clear from this that Devī was more of a courtesan, and not the main Queen (Aggamahesī), who is named elsewhere in the Chronicle (5.85) as Asandhimittā; the latter died quite early and Asoka then raised Tissarakkhā to Queen, see XX v.6 below. 05

putte cuddasavasse, so abhisekaṁ apāpuṇi.
and fourteen years after his child, he attained his consecration.

Tasmiṁ kāle vasati sā Vedisanagare tadā. Mhv: Vedise nagare tahiṁ.06 [13]
Then at that time she Presumably referring to Devī.07 dwelt in the city of Vedisa.