The goddess Hariti derives her identity from a story of conversion. In a former lifetime Hariti took a vow to devour the children of Rajagriha. Upon hearing of her activities, the Buddha concealed Hariti's own dearest child, lured her to him, and convinced her to amend her destructive behavior. To ensure fertility and sustenance, an image of Hariti with a child in her arms is often found in Buddhist monasteries. For a further discussion, see H. Ingholt, Gandharan Art in Pakistan, 1957, p. 145-147, pl. 340-341.