“Buddha & Sujata”, Story of Sujata village


Ex-mayor of Sujata village retired 
few years ago after his 15-year governance.

His son, 
Mr. Devendra Pathak is the principal of 
Niranjana Public Welfare School in the village.




Both of them are still respected from villagers.

 Mr. Devendra Pathak is 
very proud of historical Sujata village 
and shared us the legend of the village.

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It was about 2,500 years ago.
  
Senani village, 
later called Sujuata village 
was in a thick forest.

 Gautama Siddhartha, 
who would one day become known as Buddha 
appeared in the village.


He was 29 years old 
when he gave up status of prince 
and left his kingdom, 
wife and son to lead an ascetic life.

“Why was I born in this world?”

“Why do I suffer?”


He was to determine a way 
to relieve the universal suffering of humanity.


For the next six years, 
Siddhartha lived in incredibly hard ascetic life 
at a cave of Mahakala mountain, 
few km away from Sujata village.  



Because answers to his questions 
did not appear, 
he redoubled his efforts, 
enduring pain, fasting nearly to starvation, 
and refusing water. 



He was close to death and 
he realized that hard ascetic training 
didn’t solve his questions.

So he left the cave and the mountain, 
and he arrived Niranjana river 
which separates Sujata village and Bodhgaya.



After bathing in the river, 
Siddhartha walked to a banyan tree in Sujata village 
and started meditating.

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On the other hand, 
Sujata, a daughter of the land lord of the village, 
was walking to the banyan tree 
for special worship. 

Because she kept worshiping the tree 
for having a healthy boy for long time 
and her wish came true. 

She had milk rice in her hand for offering.

When Sujata saw Siddhartha meditating 
under the banyan tree, 
she thought 

“He is a God of the tree.”

So, she offered him milk rice.

Siddhartha once refused 
because he was on fasting.

But Sujata told Siddhartha 
who was close to death like this.

 “When the string of the lute is too tight, 
it breaks.

When the string of the lute is loose, 
its sound won’t carry.

When the strings are 
neither too loose nor too tight, 
the music is beautiful.

 Middle way is most important.

You will die if you don’t eat. 
If you die, it’s over. 
You are pulling your strings too tight.

Don’t be ridiculous. 
Take this milk rice and you’ll be fine.”


Siddhartha finally accepted her milk rice 
and he recovered both mentally and physically.

He must have felt, 
“How sweet and tasty!”

 His solid body and heart 
after 6 years hard ascetic life 
must be loosened.

Siddhartha realized that 
middle way is the way to enlightenment 
at this moment.

A small temple called “Sujata temple” 
was built at the place
 where Sujata offered Siddhartha milk rice.

There are statues of Sujata 
offering Siddhartha milk rice 
under the banyan tree.



 By the way, 
Siddhartha walked to a big pipal tree 
in the forest of Uruvela, after called Bodhgaya 
and started deep meditation under the tree.



Finally, he attained enlightenment 
and became Buddha, enlightened one.

Contents of his enlightenment 
was summarized as the creed of Buddhism 
and was spread all over the world.

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Without the milk rice of Sujata, 
Siddhartha never attained enlightenment…

The village people are proud of this story 
and handed down from generation to generation.


Sujata village is still full of Sujata healing energy.

I feel so whenever I receive villager’s warm kindness.

They cannot leave who are in trouble or at a loss.

I always feel I am welcomed 
even though I don’t speak Hindi.

The villagers make me feel it is natural I am here.

 It makes me happy.

The villagers are also ready to welcome you anytime.

From Meera

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