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Rāhulamātā


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(Pāli, mother of Rāhula).

Name generally used in the Pāli Canon for the mother of Rāhula and wife of the Buddha. There appears to be a confusion of names in the sources, and the later ones refer to her as Bhaddakaccā, Yaśodharā, Bimbādevī, or Bimbāsundarī. According to the Jātakas.she married the Buddha when they were both aged 16. Their son, Rāhula, was born when the Buddha was 29 years old, and the Buddha left home that very day. When he returned to Kapilavastu after his awakening, he learnt from his father that his wife had adopted the same yellow robes (cīvara) and lifestyle of an ascetic.

Subjects: Buddhism.


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