One of the characters in Hermann Hesse's novel Siddhartha. She was originally a prostitute, and met Siddhartha when he first came to the city. She then became his lover, and taught him a lot about earthly pleasures, as opposed to the wanderings of the mind. She was also a mother to his child, but was separated from Siddhartha as he left in pursuit for nirvana.

Kamala may seem as the symbol for material pleasures and possessions that turned Siddhartha's onto the path of trying to find true spiritual enlightment.