1. Kuṇāla.– One of the seven great lakes in the region of the Himavā. The Buddha once visited it with a large concourse of Sakyan youths who had joined the Order, and on that occasion he taught the Kuṇāla Jātaka (J.v.415; MA.ii.692, 1021; AA.ii.759, etc.) The sun’s rays never reached the waters of the lake, which were therefore never warm (SnA.ii.407).
According to Buddhaghosa (SnA.i.358; DA.ii.675), the Kuṇāla Jātaka was actually taught on the banks of the Kuṇāladaha.
2. Kuṇāla.– The Bodhisatta, born as the king of the Citrakokilā. He lived in a beautiful forest in the Himavā, attended by three thousand five hundred hen birds. He was carried about on a stick by two birds while in front, behind, above and below flew his vast retinue, guarding him from all harm and providing for all his needs. He distrusted and despised all womankind, and his stories of their wiles, as related by him to his friend Puṇṇamukha, are given in the Kuṇāla Jātaka.