Amrapali is a great character in the Indian History. She was known as a dancer and also a philosophical thoughts oriented woman. Amrapali was founded at the foot of a mango tree in Vaishali but was unknown about the details of her parents. Vaishali was a famous city and the first republic empire in the ancient world. It was the capital city of Lichhavi republic. She was found at the trunk of the mango tree so that known as Ambapali and Amba which means mango tree.
Ajatashatru love for Amrapali
Amrapali was an extraordinarily beautiful and charming woman at the young age. Many noble people and rich men sought for her company to appease their desires. These circumstances made her the status of ‘nagarvadhu’, which means the city courtesan. This was also a custom in ancient time to live as the ‘courtesan’. Her beauty and charming spread everywhere of Lichhavi republic. This news also received to Bimbisara, the emperor of Magadha kingdom. Bimbisara wanted her as his consort, so he attacked Vaishali. During this war, Amrapali came to know the background story of attacking Vaishali. Hence, she went to Bimbisara and asked him to leave Vaishali. Then he honoured her request and left Vaishali and married her. Later few years a son was also born to them, named Vimal Kondanna. When the boy grew up and followed the Buddhist preachers, became a monk.
Amrapali Rejects Ajatashatru
When Ajatashatru became the emperor of Maghada, he also invaded Vaishali. During the battle, he was seriously injured. With the force of the circumstances, Amrapali treated the injuries and cured. During the nursing, Ajatashatru also fell in love with her. This news spread to the people of Vaishali, the furious people beat her and imprisoned. The imprisoned news came towards to Ajatashatru and became very furious about the Vaishali’s people behaviour and wanted her to be free. In the way of making her free, he ravaged the city and cruelly treated the people of Vaishali. Amrapali felt very sad about these unwanted situations and finally rejected the love of Ajatashatru.
Becoming Buddhist Bhikkhus
Lord Buddha had known the story of Amrapali from his usual visitor of Vaishali. One day Buddha visited Vaishali along with his disciples. All the devotees of Vaishali visited Him and paid their honour. The arrival of Lord Buddha received to the dancer and met Him in a garden. Then She invited Lord Buddha to her home to serve food. Buddha accepted her invitation and went to the mango grove which belonged to the dancer. There she impressed the preachers of Lord Buddha and had known about the salvation of life. She was ashamed about her past life and wanted to lead a fresh lease of life. So she begged Buddha to change her life in the way of attaining salvation of life. Due to her request Buddha blessed and accepted her as his disciple. From then she became Buddhist bhikkhus and gifted the mango grove for the Buddha Sangha.