The Kathá Sarit Ságara or Ocean of the Streams of Story
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The Kathá Sarit Ságara or Ocean of the Streams of Story

By Somadeva Bhatta
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Table of Contents
  • Contents of Volume I.
  • Contents of Vol. II.
  • Translation Of the Kathá Sarit Ságara Or Ocean of the Streams of Story.
  • Book I.
  • Called Kathápíṭha
  • Chapter I.
  • Chapter II.
    • Story of Vararuchi, his teacher Varsha, and his fellow-pupils Vyáḍi and Indradatta.
  • Chapter III.
    • Story of the founding of the city of Páṭaliputra.
    • Story of king Brahmadatta.7
  • Chapter IV.
    • Story of Upakośá and her four lovers.
  • Chapter V.
    • The story of Śivavarman.
  • Chapter VI.
    • Story of the Mouse-merchant.
    • Story of the chanter of the Sáma Veda.
    • The story of Sátaváhana.
  • Chapter VII.
    • Story of Pushpadanta.
    • Story of king Śivi.
    • Note to Chapter VII.
  • Chapter VIII.
  • Book II.
  • Called Kathámukha.
  • Chapter IX.
    • Story of Udayana king of Vatsa.
  • Chapter X.
    • Story of Śrídatta and Mṛigánkavatí.
  • Chapter XI.
    • Story of king Chaṇḍamahásena.
  • Chapter XII.
    • Story of Rúpiṇiká.
  • Chapter XIII.
    • Story of Devasmitá.
    • Story of the cunning Siddhikarí.
    • Story of Śaktimatí.
    • Note on Chapter XIII.
  • Chapter XIV.
    • Story of the clever deformed child.
    • Story of Ruru.
    • Note to Chapter XIV.
  • Book III.
  • Chapter XV.
    • Story of the clever physician.
    • Story of the hypocritical ascetic.
    • Story of Unmádiní.6
    • Story of the loving couple who died of separation.
    • Story of Puṇyasena.
    • Story of Sunda and Upasunda.
  • Chapter XVI.
    • Story of Kuntí.
  • Chapter XVII.
    • Story of Urvaśí.1
    • Story of Vihitasena.
    • Story of Somaprabhá.
    • Story of Ahalyá.
  • Chapter XVIII.
    • Story of Vidúshaka.
  • Chapter XIX.
    • Story of Devadása.
  • Chapter XX.
    • Story of Phalabhúti.
    • Story of Kuvalayávalí and the witch Kálarátri.
    • Story of the birth of Kártikeya.
    • Story of Sundaraka.
  • Book IV.
  • Chapter XXI.
    • Story of Devadatta.
    • Story of Pingaliká.
  • Chapter XXII.
    • Story of Jímútaváhana.
    • Story of Jímútaváhana’s adventures in a former birth.
  • Chapter XXIII.
    • Story of Sinhaparákrama.
  • Book V.
  • Chapter XXIV.
    • Story of Śaktivega king of the Vidyádharas.
    • Story of Śiva and Mádhava.
    • Story of Harasvámin.18
  • Chapter XXV.
    • Story of Aśokadatta and Vijayadatta.8
  • Chapter XXVI.
    • Story of Devadatta.
  • Book VI.
  • Chapter XXVII.
    • Story of the merchant’s son in Takshaśilá.
    • Story of the Apsaras Surabhidattá.
    • Story of king Dharmadatta and his wife Nágaśrí.
    • Story of the seven Bráhmans who devoured a cow in time of famine.15
    • Story of the two ascetics, one a Bráhman the other a Chaṇḍála.
    • Story of king Vikramasinha and the two Bráhmans.
  • Chapter XXVIII.
    • Story of the seven princesses.
    • Story of the prince who tore out his own eye.
    • Story of the ascetic who conquered anger.
    • Story of Sulochaná and Sushena.
    • Story of the prince and the merchant’s son who saved his life.10
    • Story of the Bráhman and the Piśácha.
  • Chapter XXIX.
    • Story of Kírtisená and her cruel mother-in-law.5
  • Chapter XXX.
    • Story of Tejasvatí.
    • Story of the Bráhman Hariśarman.
    • Note on the story of Hariśarman.
  • Chapter XXXI.
    • Story of Ushá and Aniruddha.
  • Chapter XXXII.
    • Story of the Bráhman’s son Vishṇudatta and his seven foolish companions.
    • Story of Kadalígarbhá.
    • Story of the king and the barber’s wife
  • Chapter XXXIII.
    • The story of Śrutasena.
    • Story of the three Bráhman brothers.
    • The story of Devasena and Unmádiní.
    • The tale of the ichneumon, the owl, the cat, and the mouse.
    • The story of king Prasenajit and the Bráhman who lost his treasure.
  • Chapter XXXIV.
    • The story of king Indradatta.
    • Story of the Yaksha Virúpáksha.
    • Story of Śatrughna and his wicked wife.
    • Story of king Śúrasena and his ministers.
    • Story of Harisinha.
  • Book VII.
  • Chapter XXXV.
    • Story of Ratnaprabhá.
    • Story of Sattvaśíla and the two treasures.
    • Story of the brave king Vikramatunga.
  • Chapter XXXVI.
    • Story of king Ratnádhipati and the white elephant Śvetaraśmi.
    • Story of Yavanasena.
  • Chapter XXXVII.
    • Story of Niśchayadatta.
    • Story of Somasvámin.
    • Story of Bhavaśarman.
  • Chapter XXXVIII.
    • Story of king Vikramáditya and the hetæra.
    • Story of king Vikramáditya and the treacherous mendicant.
  • Chapter XXXIX.
    • Story of Śṛingabhuja and the daughter of the Rákshasa.
    • Note on Chapter XXXIX.
  • Chapter XL.
    • Story of Tapodatta.
    • Story of Virúpaśarman.
    • Story of king Vilásaśíla and the physician Taruṇachandra.
  • Chapter XLI.
    • Story of king Chiráyus and his minister Nágárjuna.
  • Chapter XLII.
    • Story of king Parityágasena, his wicked wife and his two sons.
  • Chapter XLIII.
    • Story of the two brothers Práṇadhara and Rájyadhara.
    • Story of Arthalobha and his beautiful wife.
    • Story of the princess Karpúriká in her birth as a swan.
  • Book VIII.
  • Chapter XLIV.
    • Story of Súryaprabha, and how he attained sovereignty over the Vidyádharas.
  • Chapter XLV.
    • Story of the Bráhman Kála.
  • Chapter XLVI.
    • Story of the generous Dánava Namuchi.
  • Chapter XLVII.
  • Chapter XLVIII.
    • Adventure of the witch Śarabhánaná.
  • Chapter XLIX.
    • Story of king Mahásena and his virtuous minister Guṇaśarman.
    • Story of Ádityaśarman the father of Guṇaśarman.
  • Chapter L.
  • Book IX.
  • Chapter LI.
    • Story of Alankáravatí.
    • Story of Ráma and Sítá.
    • Story of the handsome king Pṛithvírúpa.
  • Chapter LII.
    • Story of Aśokamálá.
    • Story of Sthúlabhuja.
    • Story of Anangarati and her four suitors.
    • Story of Anangarati in a former birth when she was a Vidyádharí named Anangaprabhá.
  • Chapter LIII.
    • Story of king Lakshadatta and his dependent Labdhadatta.2
    • Story of the Bráhman Víravara.6
    • Story of Suprabha.
  • Chapter LIV.
    • Story of the merchant Samudraśúra.
    • Story of king Chamarabála.
    • Story of Yaśovarman and the two fortunes.
  • Chapter LV.
    • Story of Chiradátṛi.
    • Story of king Kanakavarsha and Madanasundarí.
  • Chapter LVI.
    • Story of the Bráhman Chandrasvámin, his son Mahípála, and his daughter Chandravatí.
    • Story of Chakra.6
    • Story of the hermit and the faithful wife.
    • Story of Dharmavyádha the righteous seller of flesh.10
    • Story of the treacherous Páśupata ascetic.
    • Story of the king Tribhuvana.
    • Story of Nala and Damayantí.
  • Translation Of the Kathá Sarit Ságara Or Ocean of the Streams of Story.
  • Book X.
  • Chapter LVII.
    • Story of the porter who found a bracelet.
    • Story of the inexhaustible pitcher.3
    • Story of the merchant’s son, the hetæra, and the wonderful ape Ála.
  • Chapter LVIII.
    • Story of king Vikramasinha, the hetæra, and the young Bráhman.
    • Story of the faithless wife who burnt herself with her husband’s body.
    • Story of the faithless wife who had her husband murdered.
    • Story of Vajrasára whose wife cut off his nose and ears.
    • Story of king Sinhabala and his fickle wife.
  • Chapter LIX.
    • Story of king Sumanas, the Nisháda maiden and the learned parrot.1
    • The parrot’s account of his own life as a parrot.
    • The hermit’s story of Somaprabha, Manorathaprabhá, and Makarandiká, wherein it appears who the parrot was in a former birth.
    • Episode of Manorathaprabhá and Raśmimat.
  • Chapter LX.
    • Story of Śúravarman who spared his guilty wife.
    • Story of the Ox abandoned in the Forest.1
    • Story of the monkey that pulled out the wedge.3
    • Story of the Jackal and the Drum.4
    • Story of the crane and the Makara.7
    • Story of the lion and the hare.9
    • Story of the Louse and the Flea.13
    • Story of the Lion, the Panther, the Crow and the Jackal.14
    • Story of the pair of Ṭiṭṭibhas.
    • Story of the Tortoise and the two Swans.17
    • Story of the three Fish.
    • Story of the Monkeys, the Firefly, and the Bird.20
    • Story of Dharmabuddhi and Dushṭabuddhi.21
    • Story of the Crane, the Snake and the Mungoose.24
    • Story of the mice that ate an iron balance.25
    • Note to Chapter 60. The fables of Pilpay.
  • Chapter LXI.
    • Story of the foolish merchant who made aloes-wood into charcoal.1
    • Story of the man who sowed roasted seed.2
    • Story of the fool who mixed fire and water.3
    • Story of the man who tried to improve his wife’s nose.
    • Story of the foolish herdsman.
    • Story of the fool and the ornaments.5
    • Story of the Fool and the Cotton.6
    • Story of the Foolish Villagers who cut down the palm-trees.
    • Story of the Treasure-finder who was blinded.
    • Story of the Fool and the Salt.
    • Story of the Fool and his Milch-cow.11
    • Story of the Foolish Bald Man and the Fool who pelted him.
    • Story of the Crow and the King of the Pigeons, the Tortoise and the Deer.12
    • Story of the Mouse and the Hermit.13
    • Story of the Bráhman’s wife and the sesame-seeds.16
    • Story of the greedy Jackal.17
    • Story of the wife who falsely accused her husband of murdering a Bhilla.22
    • Story of the snake who told his secret to a woman.
    • Story of the bald man and the hair-restorer.
    • Story of a foolish servant.
    • Story of the faithless wife who was present at her own Śráddha.
    • Story of the ambitious Chaṇḍála maiden.
    • Story of the miserly king.
    • Story of Dhavalamukha, his trading friend, and his fighting friend.27
    • Story of the thirsty fool that did not drink.
    • Story of the fool who killed his son.
    • Story of the fool and his brother.
    • Story of the Brahmachárin’s son.
    • Story of the astrologer who killed his son.
    • Story of the violent man who justified his character.
    • Story of the foolish king who made his daughter grow.30
    • Story of the man who recovered half a paṇa from his servant.31
    • Story of the fool who took notes of a certain spot in the sea.32
    • Story of the king who replaced the flesh.33
    • Story of the woman who wanted another son.34
    • Story of the servant who tasted the fruit.35
    • Story of the two brothers Yajnasoma and Kírtisoma.
    • Story of the fool who wanted a barber.
    • Story of the man who asked for nothing at all.
  • Chapter LXII.
    • Story of the war between the crows and the owls.1
    • Story of the ass in the panther’s skin.3
    • How the crow dissuaded the birds from choosing the owl king.4
    • Story of the elephants and the hares.5
    • Story of the bird, the hare, and the cat.8
    • Story of the Bráhman, the goat, and the rogues.9
    • Story of the old merchant and his young wife.11
    • Story of the Bráhman, the thief, and the Rákshasa.13
    • Story of the carpenter and his wife.15
    • Story of the mouse that was turned into a maiden.16
    • Story of the snake and the frogs.20
    • Story of the foolish servant.
    • Story of the two brothers who divided all that they had.21
    • The story of the mendicants who became emaciated from discontent.
    • Story of the fool who saw gold in the water.23
    • Story of the servants who kept rain off the trunks.25
    • Story of the fool and the cakes.26
    • Story of the servant who looked after the door.27
    • Story of the simpletons who ate the buffalo.
    • Story of the fool who behaved like a Brahmany drake.
    • Story of the physician who tried to cure a hunchback.
  • Chapter LXIII.
    • Story of Yaśodhara and Lakshmídhara and the two wives of the water-genius.
    • Story of the water-genius in his previous birth.
    • Story of the Bráhman who became a Yaksha.
    • Story of the monkey and the porpoise.5
    • Story of the sick lion, the jackal, and the ass.9
    • Story of the fool who gave a verbal reward to the musician.11
    • Story of the teacher and his two jealous pupils.12
    • Story of the snake with two heads.13
    • Story of the fool who was nearly choked with rice.
    • Story of the boys that milked the donkey.16
    • Story of the foolish boy that went to the village for nothing.
  • Chapter LXIV.
    • Story of the Bráhman and the mungoose.1
    • Story of the fool that was his own doctor.
    • Story of the fool who mistook hermits for monkeys.
    • Story of the fool who found a purse.
    • Story of the fool who looked for the moon.
    • Story of the woman who escaped from the monkey and the cowherd.
    • Story of the two thieves, Ghaṭa and Karpara.2
    • Story of Dhanadeva’s wife.
    • Story of the wife of the Bráhman Rudrasoma.
    • Story of the wife of Śaśin.
    • Story of the snake-god and his wife.
    • Note on the Story of Ghaṭa and Karpara.
  • Chapter LXV.
    • Story of the ungrateful Wife.1
    • Story of the grateful animals and the ungrateful woman.4
    • The lion’s story.
    • The golden-crested bird’s story.
    • The snake’s story.
    • The woman’s story.
    • Story of the Buddhist monk who was bitten by a dog.
    • Story of the man who submitted to be burnt alive sooner than share his food with a guest.
    • Story of the foolish teacher, the foolish pupils, and the cat.
    • Story of the fools and the bull of Śiva.
    • Story of the fool who asked his way to the village.
    • Story of Hiraṇyáksha and Mṛigánkalekhá.
  • Chapter LXVI.
    • Story of the mendicant who travelled from Kaśmíra to Páṭaliputra.
    • Story of the wife of king Sinháksha, and the wives of his principal courtiers.
    • Story of the woman who had eleven husbands.
    • The story of the man, who, thanks to Durgá, had always one ox.
    • Story of the rogue who managed to acquire wealth by speaking to the king.5
    • Story of Ratnarekhá and Lakshmísena.
  • Book XI.
  • Chapter LXVII.
    • Story of the race between the elephant and the horses.
    • Story of the merchant and his wife Velá.
  • Book XII.
  • Chapter LXVIII.
    • Story of the jackal that was turned into an elephant.
    • Story of Vámadatta and his wicked wife.
  • Chapter LXIX.
    • Story of Mṛigánkadatta.2
    • Story of king Bhadrabáhu and his clever minister.
    • Story of Pushkaráksha and Vinayavatí.
    • Story of the birth of Vinayavatí.
    • The adventures of Pushkaráksha and Vinayavatí in a former life.
    • Story of Lávaṇyamanjarí.
  • Chapter LXX.
    • Story of Śrutadhi.
    • The adventures of Vimalabuddhi after he was separated from the prince.
  • Chapter LXXI.
    • The adventures of Mṛigánkadatta and the warder.
    • The adventures of Bhímaparákrama after his separation from the prince.
    • Story of Kamalákara and Hansávalí.
    • Continuation of the adventures of Bhímaparákrama.
  • Chapter LXXII.
    • The adventures of Guṇákara after his separation from the prince.
    • Story of king Vinítamati who became a holy man.
    • Story of the Holy Boar.
    • Story of Devabhúti.
    • Story of the generous Induprabha.
    • Story of the parrot, who was taught virtue by the king of the parrots.
    • Story of the patient hermit Śubhanaya.
    • Story of the persevering young Bráhman.
    • Story of Malayamálin.
    • Story of the robber who won over Yama’s secretary.
  • Chapter LXXIII.
    • Story of Vichitrakatha’s adventures after his separation from the prince.
    • Story of Śrídarśana.
    • Story of Saudáminí.
    • Story of Bhúnandana.
  • Chapter LXXIV.
    • Story of Bhímabhaṭa.
    • Story of Akshakshapaṇaka.
  • Chapter LXXV.
    • The adventures of Vikramakeśarin.
    • Here begins the 1st of the 25 tales of a Demon.1 (Vetála-Panchavinśatiká.)
    • Story of the prince, who was helped to a wife by the son of his father’s minister.4
    • Note.
  • Chapter LXXVI.
  • (Vetála 2.)
    • Story of the three young Bráhmans who restored a dead lady to life.
    • Note.
  • Chapter LXXVII.
  • (Vetála 3.)
    • Story of the king, and the two wise birds.
    • The maina’s story.1
    • The parrot’s story.2
    • Note.
  • Chapter LXXVIII.
  • (Vetála 4.)
    • Story of Víravara.
    • Note.
  • Chapter LXXIX.
  • (Vetála 5.)
    • Story of Somaprabhá and her three suitors.
    • Note.
  • Chapter LXXX.
  • (Vetála 6.)
    • Story of the lady who caused her brother and husband to change heads.
    • Note.
  • Chapter LXXXI.
    • Story of the king who married his dependent to the Nereid.
  • Chapter LXXXII.
  • (Vetála 8.)
    • Story of the three fastidious men.
    • Note.
  • Chapter LXXXIII.
  • (Vetála 9.)
    • Story of Anangarati and her four suitors.
    • Note.
  • Chapter LXXXIV.
  • (Vetála 10.)
    • Story of Madanasená and her rash promise.
    • Note.
  • Chapter LXXXV.
  • (Vetála 11.)
    • Story of king Dharmadhvaja and his three very sensitive wives.
    • Note.
  • Chapter LXXXVI.
  • (Vetála 12)
    • Story of king Yaśaḥketu, his Vidyádharí wife, and his faithful minister.
  • Chapter LXXXVII.
  • (Vetála 13.)
    • The story of Harisvámin, who first lost his wife, and then his life.
  • Chapter LXXXVIII.
  • (Vetála 14.)
    • Story of the Merchant’s daughter who fell in love with a thief.
  • Chapter LXXXIX.
  • (Vetála 15.)
    • Story of the magic globule.
    • Note.
  • Chapter XC.
  • (Vetála 16.)
    • Story of Jímútaváhana.1
    • Note.
  • Chapter XCI.
  • (Vetála 17.)
    • Story of Unmádiní.1
    • Note.
  • Chapter XCII.
  • (Vetála 18.)
    • Story of the Bráhman’s son who failed to acquire the magic power.
    • Note.
  • Chapter XCIII.
  • (Vetála 19.)
    • Story of the Thief’s Son.
    • Note.
  • Chapter XCIV.
  • (Vetála 20.)
    • Story of the Bráhman boy, who offered himself up to save the life of the king.
    • Note.
  • Chapter XCV.
  • (Vetála 21.)
    • Story of Anangamanjarí, her husband Maṇivarman, and the Bráhman Kamalákara.
    • Note.
  • Chapter XCVI.
  • (Vetála 22.)
    • Story of the four Bráhman brothers who resuscitated the tiger.
    • Note.
  • Chapter XCVII.
  • (Vetála 23.)
    • Story of the Hermit who first wept and then danced.
  • Chapter XCVIII.
  • (Vetála 24.)
    • Story of the father that married the daughter and the son that married the mother.
  • Chapter XCIX.
  • (Vetála 25.)
    • Note.
  • Chapter C.
  • Chapter CI.
    • Story of Sundarasena and Mandáravatí.
  • Chapter CII.
  • Chapter CIII.
  • Book XIII.
  • Chapter CIV.
    • The first Bráhman’s story.
    • The second Bráhman’s story.
    • Subsequent adventures of the second Bráhman.
  • Book XIV.
  • Chapter CV.
    • Story of Sávitrí and Angiras.
  • Chapter CVI.
    • Story of the child that died of a broken heart because his mother forgot to bring him a sweetmeat.
    • Madanamanchuká’s account of her treatment while in captivity.
  • Chapter CVII.
    • Story of Ráma.
  • Chapter CVIII.
    • Gomukha’s account of his adventures.
    • Story of Nágasvámin and the witches.
    • Marubhúti’s account of his adventures.
    • Hariśikha’s account of his adventures.
  • Book XV.
  • Chapter CIX.
    • History of the cave of Triśírsha.
  • Chapter CX.
  • Book XVI.
  • Chapter CXI.
    • Story of the devoted couple, Śúrasena and Susheṇá.3
  • Chapter CXII.
    • Story of king Chaṇḍamahásena and the Asura’s daughter.4
    • Story of prince Avantivardhana and the daughter of the Mátanga who turned out to be a Vidyádharí.
    • Story of the young Chaṇḍála who married the daughter of king Prasenajit.12
    • Story of the young fisher man who married a princess.
    • Story of the Merchant’s daughter who fell in love with a thief.17
  • Chapter CXIII.
    • Story of Tárávaloka.
  • Book XVII.
  • Chapter CXIV.
    • Story of king Brahmadatta and the Swans.3
    • How Párvatí condemned her five attendants to be reborn on earth.
    • Story of the metamorphoses of Pingeśvara and Guheśvara.
  • Chapter CXV.
    • Story of Muktáphalaketu and Padmávatí.
  • Chapter CXVI.
  • Chapter CXVII.
  • Chapter CXVIII.
  • Chapter CXIX.
  • Book XVIII.
  • Chapter CXX.
    • The story of Vikramáditya.
    • The adventures of Anangadeva.
  • Chapter CXXI.
    • Story of Madanamanjarí.
    • Story of the gambler Dágineya, who was too cunning for the Vetála Agniśikha, and of Agniśikha’s submission to king Vikramáditya.
    • Story of Ṭhiṇṭhákarála the bold gambler.
    • Story of the gambler who cheated Yama.15
    • Story of Ghaṇṭa and Nighaṇṭa and the two maidens.
    • Story of the golden deer.
  • Chapter CXXII.
    • Story of Malayavatí the man-hating maiden.
  • Chapter CXXIII.
    • Story of Kalingasená’s marriage
    • How Devasena obtained the magic ointment.
    • Story of the grateful Monkey.5
    • Story of the two princesses.
    • Story of Dhanadatta.
    • Story of Keśaṭa and Kandarpa.
    • Story of Kusumáyudha and Kamalalochaná.
  • Chapter CXXIV.
    • Story of Chandrasvámin who recovered his wife alive after her death.
    • Story of Devasvámin the permanently horripilant Bráhman.
    • Story of Agniśarman.7
    • Story of Múladeva.11
  • Index.
    • A. Proper Names.
    • B. Subjects.
  • Table of Contents
  • Colophon
    • Availability
    • Encoding
    • Revision History
    • External References
    • Corrections
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