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Jātakagāthāvaṇṇanā
The Jātaka Verses and their Word Commentaries

A text and translation of the verses from the first 300 Jātaka stories together with their word commentaries.

translated by
Ānandajoti Bhikkhu
August 2022

 

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Word Definitions

Ja 1 Apaṇṇakajātaka
The Story about what is Unquestionable

Ja 2 Vaṇṇupathajātaka
The Story about the Sandy Waste

Ja 3 Serivavāṇijajātaka
The Story about the Tradesman from Serivā

Ja 4 Cūḷaseṭṭhijātaka
The Story about the Little Merchant

Ja 5 Taṇḍulanālijātaka
The Story about the Measure of Rice

Ja 6 Devadhammajātaka
The Story about having Deva-nature

Ja 7 Kaṭṭhahārijātaka
The Story about the Wood Gatherer

Ja 8 Gāmanijātaka
The Story about Prince Gāmani

Ja 9 Makhādevajātaka
The Story about King Makhadeva

Ja 10 Sukhavihārijātaka
The Story about the One who lives Happily

Ja 11 Lakkhaṇajātaka
The Story about the Deer named Lakkhaṇa

Ja 12 Nigrodhamigajātaka
The Story about the Deer named Nigrodha

Ja 13 Kaṇḍinajātaka
The Story about the Dart

Ja 14 Vātamigajātaka
The Story about the Wind-Deer

Ja 15 Kharādiyajātaka
The Story about the Female Deer named Kharādiyā

Ja 16 Tipallatthamigajātaka
The Story about the Deer having Three Postures

Ja 17 Mālutajātaka
The Story about the Wind

Ja 18 Matakabhattajātaka
The Story about Feasts for the Dead

Ja 19 Āyācitabhattajātaka
The Story about the Feasts following a Vow

Ja 20 Naḷapānajātaka
The Story about Cane Juice

Ja 21 Kuruṅgamigajātaka
The Story about the Antelope

Ja 22 Kukkurajātaka
The Story about the Dog

Ja 23 Bhojājānīyajātaka
The Story about the Well-Bred Horse

Ja 24 Ājaññajātaka
The Story about the Horse that was Bred Well

Ja 25 Titthajātaka
The Story about the Ford

Ja 26 Mahiḷāmukhajātaka
The Story about Mahilāmukha the Mad Elephant

Ja 27 Abhiṇhajātaka
The Story about Habituation

Ja 28 Nandivisālajātaka
The Story about the Bull Nandivisāla

Ja 29 Kaṇhajātaka
The Story about the Bull Blackie

Ja 30 Munikajātaka
The Story about the Pig Munika

Ja 31 Kulāvakajātaka
The Story about the Nestlings

Ja 32 Naccajātaka
The Story about the Dance

Ja 33 Sammodamānajātaka
The Story about being in Agreement

Ja 34 Macchajātaka
The Story about the Fish

Ja 35 Vaṭṭakajātaka
The Story about the Young Quail

Ja 36 Sakuṇajātaka
The Story about the Bird

Ja 37 Tittirajātaka
The Story about the Elder Partridge

Ja 38 Bakajātaka
The Story about the Crane

Ja 39 Nandajātaka
The Story about the Slave Nanda

Ja 40 Khadiraṅgārajātaka
The Story about the Embers

Ja 41 Losakajātaka
The Story about the Unfortunate Monk Losaka

Ja 42 Kapotajātaka
The Story about the Pigeon

Ja 43 Veḷukajātaka
The Story about the Viper Veḷuka

Ja 44 Makasajātaka
The Story about the Mosquito

Ja 45 Rohiṇījātaka
The Story about the Slave Rohiṇī

Ja 46 Ārāmadūsakajātaka
The Story about Spoiling the Park

Ja 47 Vāruṇijātaka
The Story about Spoiling the Drinks

Ja 48 Vedabbajātaka
The Story about the Vedabba Brahmin

Ja 49 Nakkhattajātaka
The Story about the Constellations

Ja 50 Dummedhajātaka
The Story about the Unintelligent

Ja 51 Mahāsīlavajātaka
The Story about One with Great Virtue

Ja 52 Cūḷajanakajātaka
The Small Story about King Janaka

Ja 53 Puṇṇapātijātaka
The Story about the Liquor Dish

Ja 54 Phalajātaka
The Story about the Fruit

Ja 55 Pañcāvudhajātaka
The Story about Prince Pañcāvudha

Ja 56 Kañcanakkhandhajātaka
The Story about the Block of Gold

Ja 57 Vānarindajātaka
The Story about the Lord of the Monkeys

Ja 58 Tayodhammajātaka
The Story about the Three Things

Ja 59 Bherivādajātaka
The Story about the Drummer

Ja 60 Saṅkhadhamanajātaka
The Story about the Conch Blower

Ja 61 Asātamantajātaka
The Story about the Disagreeable Charms

Ja 62 Aṇḍabhūtajātaka
The Story about being Inexperienced

Ja 63 Takkajātaka
The Story about the Wise Buttermilk Salesman

Ja 64 Durājānajātaka
The Story about what is Difficult to Know

Ja 65 Anabhiratijātaka
The Story about Discontent

Ja 66 Mudulakkhaṇajātaka
The Story about Queen Mudulakkhaṇā

Ja 67 Ucchaṅgajātaka
The Story about the Lap

Ja 68 Sāketajātaka
The Story about the City of Sāketa

Ja 69 Visavantajātaka
The Story about the Poisonous Snake

Ja 70 Kuddālajātaka
The Story about the Wise Kuddāla

Ja 71 Varaṇajātaka
The Story about the Temple Tree

Ja 72 Sīlavanāgajātaka
The Story about the Virtuous Elephant

Ja 73 Saccaṅkirajātaka
The Story about the Assertion of Truth

Ja 74 Rukkhadhammajātaka
The Story about the Way of Trees

Ja 75 Macchajātaka
The Story about the Fish

Ja 76 Asaṅkiyajātaka
The Story about the Doubtless

Ja 77 Mahāsupinajātaka
The Story about the Great Dreams

Ja 78 Illisajātaka
The Story about the Selfish Wealthy Man Illisa

Ja 79 Kharassarajātaka
The Story about the Beating Drum

Ja 80 Bhīmasenajātaka
The Story about the Useless Giant Bhīmasena

Ja 81 Surāpānajātaka
The Story about Liquor

Ja 82 Mittavindajātaka
The Story about the Merchant Mittavindaka

Ja 83 Kālakaṇṇijātaka
The Story about the Unlucky Man

Ja 84 Atthassadvārajātaka
The Story about the Doors to Welfare

Ja 85 Kimpakkajātaka
The Story about the Kimpakka

Ja 86 Sīlavīmaṁsanajātaka
The Story about the Enquiry into Virtue

Ja 87 Maṅgalajātaka
The Story about the Omens

Ja 88 Sārambhajātaka
The Story about the Ox Sārambha

Ja 89 Kuhakajātaka
The Story about the Cheat

Ja 90 Akataññujātaka
The Story about Ingratitude

Ja 91 Littajātaka
The Story about what is Smeared with Posion

Ja 92 Mahāsārajātaka
The Story about the Rich Man

Ja 93 Vissāsabhojanajātaka
The Story about Using Things on Trust

Ja 94 Lomahaṁsajātaka
The Story about the Bristling Hair

Ja 95 Mahāsudassanajātaka
The Story about King Mahāsudassana

Ja 96 Telapattajātaka
The Story about the Bowl of Oil

Ja 97 Nāmasiddhijātaka
The Story about the Lucky Name

Ja 98 Kūṭavāṇijajātaka
The Story about the Cheating Merchant

Ja 99 Parosahassajātaka
The Story about More than a Thousand Fools

Ja 100 Asātarūpajātaka
The Story about the Form of the Disagreeable

Ja 101 Parosatajātaka
The Story about More than a Hundred Fools

Ja 102 Paṇṇikajātaka
The Story about the Greengrocer

Ja 103 Verijātaka
The Story about Enemies

Ja 104 Mittavindajātaka
The Story about the Merchant Mittavindaka

Ja 105 Dubbalakaṭṭhajātaka
The Story about the Rotten Wood

Ja 106 Udañcanijātaka
The Story about the Bucket

Ja 107 Sālittakajātaka
The Story about the Sling

Ja 108 Bāhiyajātaka
The Story about the Foreigner

Ja 109 Kuṇḍakapūvajātaka
The Story about the Rice-Cake

Ja 110 Sabbasaṁhārakapañha
The Story about the Compilation of Questions

Ja 111 Gadrabhapañha
The Story about the Question about the Ass

Ja 112 Amarādevīpañha
The Story about the Question of Lady Amarā

Ja 113 Siṅgālajātaka
The Story about the Deceitful Jackal

Ja 114 Mitacintijātaka
The Story about the Thoughtful Fish

Ja 115 Anusāsikajātaka
The Story about One who gave Warnings

Ja 116 Dubbacajātaka
The Story about the Disobedient One

Ja 117 Tittirajātaka
The Story about the Noisy Partridge

Ja 118 Vaṭṭakajātaka
The Story about the Starving Quail

Ja 119 Akālarāvijātaka
The Story about the Cock Crying at the Wrong Time

Ja 120 Bandhanamokkhajātaka
The Story about Freedom from Bondage

Ja 121 Kusanāḷijātaka
The Story about the Grass Devatā

Ja 122 Dummedhajātaka
The Story about the Fool

Ja 123 Naṅgalīsajātaka
The Story about the Plough-Shaft

Ja 124 Ambajātaka
The Story about the Mangoes

Ja 125 Kaṭāhakajātaka
The Story about the Deceitful Secretary Kaṭāhaka

Ja 126 Asilakkhaṇajātaka
The Story about the Sword Fortune-Teller

Ja 127 Kalaṇḍukajātaka
The Story about the Slave Kalaṇḍuka

Ja 128 Biḷārajātaka
The Story about the Cat Vow

Ja 129 Aggikajātaka
The Story about the Brahmin Aggika

Ja 130 Kosiyajātaka
The Story about the Adulteress Kosiyā

Ja 131 Asampadānajātaka
The Story about the Miser

Ja 132 Pañcagarujātaka
The Story about the Five Teachers

Ja 133 Ghatāsanajātaka
The Story about the Fire

Ja 134 Jhānasodhanajātaka
The Story about the Purification of Meditation

Ja 135 Candābhajātaka
The Story about Moonlight

Ja 136 Suvaṇṇahaṁsajātaka
The Story about the Golden Goose

Ja 137 Babbujātaka
The Story about the Cats

Ja 138 Godhajātaka
The Story about the Iguana

Ja 139 Ubhatobhaṭṭhajātaka
The Story about Falling Both Ways

Ja 140 Kākajātaka
The Story about the Crow

Ja 141 Godhajātaka
The Story about the Iguana

Ja 142 Sigālajātaka
The Story about the King of the Jackals

Ja 143 Virocanajātaka
The Story about Shining Forth

Ja 144 Naṅguṭṭhajātaka
The Story about the Ox Tail

Ja 145 Rādhajātaka
The Story about the Parrot Rādha

Ja 146 Kākajātaka
The Story about the Crows emptying the Sea

Ja 147 Puppharattajātaka
The Story about the Red Flower

Ja 148 Sigālajātaka
The Story about the Greedy Jackal

Ja 149 Ekapaṇṇajātaka
The Story about One Leaf

Ja 150 Sañjīvajātaka
The Story about the Young Brahmin Sañjīva

Ja 151 Rājovādajātaka
The Story about the Advice to a King

Ja 152 Siṅgālajātaka
The Story about the Jackal (who was in Love)

Ja 153 Sūkarajātaka
The Story about the Boar

Ja 154 Uragajātaka
The Story about the Snake

Ja 155 Bhaggajātaka
The Story about (the Bodhisatta’s Father) Bhagga

Ja 156 Alīnacittajātaka
The Story about Prince Alīnacitta

Ja 157 Guṇajātaka
The Story about Virtue

Ja 158 Suhanujātaka
The Story about (the Horse) Suhanu

Ja 159 Morajātaka
The Story about the Peacock

Ja 160 Vinīlakajātaka
The Story about the Crossbreed

Ja 161 Indasamānagottajātaka
The Story about (the Seer) Indasamānagotta

Ja 162 Santhavajātaka
The Story about (Good and Bad) Company

Ja 162 Santhavajātaka
The Story about (Good and Bad) Company

Ja 164 Gijjhajātaka
The Story about the Vulture (who supported his Mother)

Ja 165 Nakulajātaka
The Story about the Mongoose

Ja 166 Upasāḷakajātaka
The Story about (the Brahmin) Upasāḷaka

Ja 167 Samiddhijātaka
The Story about (the Monk) Samiddhi

Ja 168 Sakuṇagghijātaka
The Story about the Falcon

Ja 169 Arakajātaka
The Story about (the Teacher) Araka

Ja 170 Kakaṇṭakajātaka
The Story about (the Proud) Chameleon

Ja 171 Kalyāṇadhammajātaka
The Story about the Beautiful

Ja 172 Daddarajātaka
The Story about (the Jackal’s) Roar

Ja 173 Makkaṭajātaka
The Story about (the Wild) Monkey

Ja 174 Dūbhiyamakkaṭajātaka
The Story about the Treacherous Monkey

Ja 175 Ādiccupaṭṭhānajātaka
The Story about Worshipping the Sun

Ja 176 Kalāyamuṭṭhijātaka
The Story about the Fistful of Peas

Ja 177 Tiṇḍukajātaka
The Story about the Ebony Tree

Ja 178 Kacchapajātaka
The Story about the Tortoise

Ja 179 Satadhammajātaka
The Story about (the Proud Brahmin) Satadhamma

Ja 180 Duddadajātaka
The Story about the Difficulty of (Giving) Gifts

Ja 181 Asadisajātaka
The Story about (Prince) Asadisa

Ja 182 Saṅgāmāvacarajātaka
The Story about the Entry into Battle

Ja 183 Vālodakajātaka
The Story about (the Fibrous) Drink

Ja 184 Giridantajātaka
The Story about (the Horse Trainer) Giridanta

Ja 185 Anabhiratijātaka
The Story about Discontent

Ja 186 Dadhivāhanajātaka
The Story about (King) Dadhivāhana

Ja 187 Catumaṭṭajātaka
The Story about being Cleansed in Four Ways

Ja 188 Sīhakoṭṭhukajātaka
The Story about the Lion and the Jackal

Ja 189 Sīhacammajātaka
The Story about the Lion’s Skin

Ja 190 Sīlānisaṁsajātaka
The Story about the Advantages of Virtue

Ja 191 Ruhakajātaka
The Story about (the Family Priest) Ruhaka

Ja 192 Sirikāḷakaṇṇijātaka
The Story about Good and Bad Luck

Ja 193 Cūḷapadumajātaka
The Shorter Story about (King) Paduma

Ja 194 Maṇicorajātaka
The Story about the Jewel Thief

Ja 195 Pabbatūpattharajātaka
The Story about the Valley

Ja 196 Valāhassajātaka
The Story about the Cloud-Horse

Ja 197 Mittāmittajātaka
The Story about Friends and Foes

Ja 198 Rādhajātaka
The Story about (the Parrot) Rādha

Ja 199 Gahapatijātaka
The Story about the Householder

Ja 200 Sādhusīlajātaka
The Story about Good Precepts

Ja 201 Bandhanāgārajātaka
The Story about the Prison

Ja 202 Keḷisīlajātaka
The Story about Mocking

Ja 203 Khandhavattajātaka
The Story about the Vow (that Protects) the Constituent Parts

Ja 204 Vīrakajātaka
The Story about (the Hero Crow) Vīrika

Ja 205 Gaṅgeyyajātaka
The Story about the Ganges (Fish)

Ja 206 Kuruṅgamigajātaka
The Story about the Antelope

Ja 207 Assakajātaka
The Story about (King) Assaka

Ja 208 Suṁsumārajātaka
The Story about the (Murderous) Crocodile

Ja 209 Kakkarajātaka
The Story about the Chicken

Ja 210 Kandagalakajātaka
The Story about (the Woodpecker) Kandagalaka

Ja 211 Somadattajātaka
The Story about (the Clever Son) Somadatta

Ja 212 Ucchiṭṭhabhattajātaka
The Story about the Left-Over Rice

Ja 213 Bharujātaka
The Story about (the King of) Bharu

JJa 214 Puṇṇanadījātaka
The Story about the Full River

Ja 215 Kacchapajātaka
The Story about the (Talkative) Turtle

Ja 216 Macchajātaka
The Story about the (Lamenting) Fish

Ja 217 Seggujātaka
The Story about (Daughter) Seggu

Ja 218 Kūṭavāṇijajātaka
The Story about the Cheating Merchant

Ja 219 Garahitajātaka
The Story about Blaming

Ja 220 Dhammaddhajajātaka
The Story about (the Family Priest) Dhammaddhaja

Ja 221 Kāsāvajātaka
The Story about the Renunciant’s Robe

Ja 222 Cūḷanandiyajātaka
The Story about (the Monkey) Little Nandiya

Ja 223 Puṭabhattajātaka
The Story about the Parcel of Rice

Ja 224 Kumbhilajātaka
The Story about the Crocodile

Ja 225 Khantivaṇṇanajātaka
The Story in Praise of Patience

Ja 226 Kosiyajātaka
The Story about the (Impatient) Owl

Ja 227 Gūthapāṇajātaka
The Story about the Muckworm

Ja 228 Kāmanītajātaka
The Story about being Guided by Desire

Ja 229 Palāyijātaka
The Story about (the King) who Fled

Ja 230 Dutiyapalāyijātaka
The Second Story about (the King) who Fled

Ja 231 Upāhanajātaka
The Story about the Shoes

Ja 232 Vīṇāthūṇajātaka
The Story about the (Broken) Lute

Ja 233 Vikaṇṇakajātaka
The Story about the Barb

Ja 234 Asitābhujātaka
The Story about (Princess) Asitābhū

Ja 235 Vacchanakhajātaka
The Story about (the Wanderer) Vacchanakha

Ja 236 Bakajātaka
The Story about the (Deceitful) Heron

Ja 237 Sāketajātaka
The Story about (the Brahmin) Sāketa

Ja 238 Ekapadajātaka
The Story about One Word

Ja 239 Haritamātajātaka
The Story about the Green Frog

Ja 240 Mahāpiṅgalajātaka
The Story about (the Unjust King) Mahāpiṅgala

Ja 241 Sabbadāṭhajātaka
The Story about (the Jackal) Sabbadāṭha

Ja 242 Sunakhajātaka
The Story about (the Gnawing) Dog

Ja 243 Guttilajātaka
The Story about (the Heavenly Musician) Guttila

Ja 244 Vīticchajātaka
The Story about the Desireless One

Ja 245 Mūlapariyāyajātaka
The Story about the Root Discourse

Ja 246 Telovādajātaka
The Story concerning the Advice about Oil

Ja 247 Pādañjalijātaka
The Story about (Prince) Pādañjali

Ja 248 Kiṁsukopamajātaka
The Story about the Flame of the Forest

Ja 249 Sālakajātaka
The Story about the Brother-in-Law

Ja 250 Kapijātaka
The Story about the (Disguised) Monkey

Ja 251 Saṅkapparāgajātaka
The Story about having Lustful Thoughts

Ja 252 Tilamuṭṭhijātaka
The Story about the Fistful of Sesame Seeds

Ja 253 Maṇikaṇṭhajātaka
The Story about (the Nāga King) Maṇikaṇṭha

Ja 254 Kuṇḍakakucchisindhavajātaka
The Story about Rice Powder and the Sindh Horse

Ja 255 Sukajātaka
The Story about the (Greedy) Parrot

Ja 256 Jarudapānajātaka
The Story about the Old Well

Ja 257 Gāmaṇicaṇḍajātaka
The Story about (the ex-Minister) Gāmaṇicanda

Ja 258 Mandhātujātaka
The Story about (the Ancient King) Mandhātu

Ja 259 Tirīṭavacchajātaka
The Story about (the Brahmin) Tirīṭavaccha

Ja 260 Dūtajātaka
The Story about (Belly’s) Messenger

Ja 261 Padumajātaka
The Story about (Begging for) Lotuses

Ja 262 Mudupāṇijātaka
The Story about the Soft Hand

Ja 263 Cūḷapalobhanajātaka
The Short Story about Enticement

Ja 264 Mahāpanādajātaka
The Story about (the King of Mithilā) Mahāpanāda

Ja 265 Khurappajātaka
The Story about the Arrow

Ja 266 Vātaggasindhavajātaka
The Story about the Thoroughbred Horse Vātagga

Ja 267 Kakkaṭajātaka
The Story about (the Immense) Crab

Ja 268 Ārāmadūsakajātaka
The Story about Spoiling the Park

Ja 269 Sujātajātaka
The Story about (Visākhā’s Sister) Sujātā

Ja 270 Ulūkajātaka
The Story about (the Sour-Looking) Owl

Ja 271 Udapānadūsakajātaka
The Story about Spoiling the Well

Ja 272 Byagghajātaka
The Story about the Tiger

Ja 273 Kacchapajātaka
The Story about (the Biting) Turtle

Ja 274 Lolajātaka
The Story about the Greedy (Crow)

Ja 275 Rucirajātaka
The Story about the Pretty (Crane)

Ja 276 Kurudhammajātaka
The Story about the Righteousness of the Kurus

Ja 277 Romakajātaka The Story about the Feathered One

Ja 278 Mahiṁsarājajātaka
The Story about (the Virtuous King of) the Buffalos

Ja 279 Satapattajātaka
The Story about the Woodpecker

Ja 280 Puṭadūsakajātaka
The Story about Spoiling the Basket

Ja 281 Abbhantarajātaka
The Story about the Abbhantara (Mango)

Ja 282 Seyyajātaka
The Story about the Best

Ja 283 Vaḍḍhakīsūkarajātaka
The Story about the Carpenter’s Boar

Ja 284 Sirijātaka
The Story about (Good) Luck

Ja 285 Maṇisūkarajātaka
The Story about the Jewel and the Pigs

Ja 286 Sālūkajātaka
The Story about (the Pig) Sālūka

Ja 287 Lābhagarahajātaka
The Story about the Reproach of Gains

Ja 288 Macchuddānajātaka
The Story about a String of Fish

Ja 289 Nānacchandajātaka
The Story about Various Desires

Ja 290 Sīlavīmaṁsakajātaka
The Story about the Enquiry into Virtue

Ja 291 Surāghaṭajātaka
The Story about the Cup of Liquor

Ja 292 Supattajātaka
The Story about (the Crow) Supatta

Ja 293 Kāyanibbindajātaka
The Story about Disgust with the Body

Ja 294 Jambukhādakajātaka
The Story about eating Jambu Plums

Ja 295 Antajātaka
The Story about those that are Lowest

Ja 296 Samuddajātaka
The Story about the Sea

Ja 297 Kāmavilāpajātaka
The Story about Idle Talk concerning Sensuality

Ja 298 Udumbarajātaka
The Story about the Figs

Ja 299 Komāraputtajātaka
The Story about (the Brahmin’s Son) Komāraputta

Ja 300 Vakajātaka
The Story about the Wolf