Thursday, December 3, 2009

Queen Māyā of Sakya

Queen Māyā of Sakya - the birth mother of the original Buddha. Māyā was married to King Suddhodana of Kapilvatsu. The couple went childless for the first twenty years of their marriage before Māyā became pregnant as the result of a dream in which an elephant touched her side. Prince Siddhārtha was born ten months later by emerging from her side (as depicted in the relief illustrated here). Queen Māyā died seven days after this birth and ascended to the Tuṣita Heaven; however after the Prince had attained enlightenment as the Buddha, he went to that particular Heaven for three months to visit with and pay respects to his mother.