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Half-brother of the Buddha.being the son of Śuddhodana and Mahāprajāpatī. Renowned for his good looks, Nanda was married to the beautiful Janapadakalyāṇī, and on the day of the wedding the Buddha asked him to become a monk. Nanda reluctantly agreed but was later tormented by longing for his wife and became depressed and unwell. The Buddha then took him to the heaven of the 33 gods where they were attended by heavenly nymphs from the retinue of Śakra.king of the gods. The Buddha promised him one of the nymphs if he devoted himself to the monastic life, and Nanda agreed. Exerting himself he soon became an Arhat and abandoned all thoughts of lust and desire.

Subjects: Buddhism.

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