Eighty-one years before the Buddhist Era, Suddhodana's queen, Mahmy
pregnant for the first time. At the approach of delivery, which was close to
ten months' she decided as was the then custom of married women, to give
birth to the child in Devadaha her own hometown. Thus on the fullmoon day of
the Veskha lunar month, she left Kapilavatthu in the
morning together with her retinue. It was almost noon when she arrived at a
grove called Lumbin, midway between
Kapilavatthu and Devadaha. Here she stopped to have a rest under the shade
of a Sla tree where she was suddenly in labour
and before long gave birth, while standing and holding an overhanging branch
of the Sala tree, an infant boy. Her labour was without any difficulty
whatever. When this was made known to King Suddhodana, he had his queen,
together with the infant son, return to the city of Kapilavatthu.
Seven days after giving birth to her infant son, queen Mahmy passed away. King Suddhodana then placed Siddhattha his infant son under the care of Mahpajpati, the queen's younger sister or the infant son's aunt, who later became his second queen.
|When Siddhattha grew up and reached his childhood, the king, following the royal tradition of the times, had his son educated, under the most famous teacher available by the name of Visvamitta, in all the martial and administrative arts and disciplines befitting one, whom he intended was to become a world-ruler, as predicted by the 107 Brahmins. At the age of 15, Siddhattha was able to absorb whatever had been taught him by his able teacher. In a display of his prowess in archery amidst his relatives, he was regarded as unequalled. Even in other arts and branches of knowledge he came out the top of other competitors, --to the rapt amazement of all who witnessed the events.
|At the age of 16 Siddhattha was married, through his royal father's arrangement, to Bimb Yasodhar, the princess daughter of Devadaha city. The marriage was arranged and performed in the city of Kapilavatthu, in the midst of witnesses who were relatives of both sides.
|After the marriage he was nominated as heir to the throne of Kapilavatthu. Then his father had three palatial residences built for the prince's comfort and pleasure, one for each season, in all of which he was kept surrounded by whatever entertainments and pleasures he wished for. This until 12 years later, when he was 29 and his princess consort was pregnant.
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