Vajira princess

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Vajira
Empress of Maghda Kingdom
Spouse(s)Ajatashatru
ReligionBuddhism

The princess Vajira, also known as Vajirakumari, was empress of Kingdom Magadha, having been the main spouse of the emperor Ajatashatru that reigned in the period 493 BC-461 BC. [1] Mother of the successor of his husband, the emperor Udayibhadra.[2]

Vajira was appointed princess of the Kingdom of Kosala, ancient indian kingdom. Came from a family that descended of Mathavia Videgha and was daughter of the kings Pasenadi and Mallika. [3]

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Birth[change | change source]

Vajira Or Vajirakumari was daughter of the main queen of Pasenadi, Mallika. According to the tradition of Pali, his mother was a beautiful daughter of the main manufacturer of garlands of Kosala.[4] When Vajira was born, his father was apparently disappointed when hearing that the baby was a girl, but Buddha ensured him that the women sometimes are wiser than the men.[1]

Marriage[change | change source]

After a war between Ajatashatru and Prasenadi, in a peace treaty Prasenajit married his daughter Vajira to him. Vajira marrieged aged seventeen years old, with Ajatashatru. [5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Sen, Sailendra Nath (1999). Ancient Indian history and civilization (Second ed.). New Delhi: New Age International. p. 113. ISBN 9788122411980.
  2. Mukherjee, Hemchandra Raychaudhuri. With a commentary by B. N. (2005). Political History of Ancient India : From the accession of Parikshit to the extinction of the Gupta dynasty (6. impression. ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 190. ISBN 9780195643763.
  3. Jayapalan, N. (2001). History of India. New Delhi: Atlantic. p. 52. ISBN 9788171569281.
  4. Alex Wayman & Hideko Wayman (1990). The lion's roar of Queen Śrīmālā : a Buddhist scripture on the Tathāgatagarbha theory (1. Indian ed.). Motilal Banarsidass Publ. p. 3. ISBN 9788120807310.
  5. Tripathi, Rama Shankar. (1992). History of ancient India. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass. ISBN 8120800176. OCLC 43826343.