Daughter of Vessantara and Maddī. She was so called because, at birth, she was laid on a black skin (J.vi.487). When Vessantara retired to the forest, his wife and children accompanied him to Vaṅkagiri. Later, both Kaṇhājinā and her brother Jāli were given to Jūjaka as slaves and were ill-
Kaṇhājinā is identified with Uppalavaṇṇā (J.vi.593). In the verses she is sometimes called Kaṇhā (e.g., 546, 548, 553).
Vessantara’s gift of his children is considered the greatest of his gifts. e.g., Milindapañha, 117, 275, 284; Cyp.p.80; DhA.i.406; AA.i.64.