Amrapali and Bimbisara

The famous courtesan of Vaisali, Amrapali is also famous as one of Buddha’s disciples. It is said that When King Bimbisara of Magadha attacked Vaisali, he came to know of Amrapali’s fame and disguised, came to see her dance. Both fell in love with each other, but when Bimbisara asked her to come with him, she declined, having promised the citizens that she would never marry. Instead, she asked him to save her city if his love was true, and later joined Buddha to attain peace.

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