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     Story of Kumara Kassapa

Buddha’s likeness for children is shown well and is consider by his care and attention as is proved by his care for the kids like the two Sopakas, Chulla Panthaka, Dabba Mallaputta, Kumara Kassapa and so on and on.

Once there was a woman who was interested and was willing to join the Order of the Buddha; but she was not allowed by her parents. So, she married a wealthy banker of Rajagaha; and during the same time succeeded in obtaining his permission to join the Sangha as a nun. But soon it was noticed that she was pregnant. Distressed by this, some priests and nuns brought this matter to Devadatta, who in turn accused her of misbehavior. Eventually, the matter was brought before the Buddha, who handed over Upali to investigate into the matter. Upali conducted the enquiry with the help of Visakha and other residents of Savatthi and found her innocent. He then announced the truth in the court of Savatthi King.

When the nun delivered the baby, the Buddha blessed him. The baby, received the name Kumara Kassapa; and was reared by the king of Savatthi for seven years. Then he received his ordination at the age of seven.




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