The mother of the Buddha (D.ii.52; see Thomas: op.cit., 25).
Her father was the Sākyan Añjana of Devadaha, son of Devadahasakka, and her mother Yasodharā, daughter of Jayasena. (Mhv.ii.17 ﬀ; elsewhere her father is called Mahā Suppabuddha (ThigA.141), while the Apadāna (ii.538) gives the name of her mother as Sulakkhaṇā).
Daṇḍapāṇī and Suppabuddha were her brothers, and Mahāpajāpatī her sister. Both the sisters were married to Suddhodana in their youth, but it was not until Māyā was between forty and fifty that Siddhattha was born (VibhA.278). She had all the qualities necessary for one who was to bear the exalted rank of being the mother of the Buddha: she was not too passionate, she did not take intoxicants, she had practiced the perfections (pāramī) for one hundred thousand world-
From the day of her conception she was guarded by the Four Regent Gods; she felt no desire for men, and the child in her womb could be seen from outside. At the end of the tenth month she wished to return to her people in Devadaha, but, on her way there, she stopped at the sāla grove in Lumbinī and there her child was born as she stood holding on to the branch of a sāla tree (J.i.49 ﬀ). Seven days later Māyā died and was reborn as a male in Tusita, under the name of Māyādevaputta (Thag.vss.533 f; ThagA.i.502).
The Buddha visited Tāvatiṃsa immediately after the performance of the Twin Miracle at the foot of the Gandamba tree, on the full-
The Commentaries (UdA.276 f ) state the view, held by some, that had Māyā been alive the Buddha would not have shown such reluctance to bestow ordination on women. This view, says Dhammapāla is erroneous. It would have made no difference, for it is the natural rule (dhammatā) of all Buddhas that women shall be ordained, but subject to certain important restrictions. The mothers of all Buddhas die very soon after the birth of their son, because no other child is fit to be conceived in the same womb as a Buddha.
Māyā is mentioned in several Jātaka stories as the mother of the Bodhisatta:
According to some contexts, after her birth as Phusatī in the Vessantara Jātaka, Māyā became one of the daughters of King Kikī.
Māyā’s resolve to be the mother of a Buddha was formed ninety-