Suddodana Father of Gautama Buddha
Suddodana Brief History:
Suddodana was the father of Lord Gautama Buddha. He was born to Sihahanu and Kaccana. He had four brothers Dhotodana, Sakkodana, Amitodana and Sukkodana and his sisters were Amita and Pamita. Maya was his chief consort and gave birth to Siddhartha. Maya died shortly after the birth of Siddhartha, So Suddodana married her sister Pajapati Gotami. Suddodana had son and daughter with Prajapati Gotami, they were Nanda and Sundari Nanda, both followed Buddhism.
Cares for his son Siddhartha:
Maya gave birth to Siddhartha in Lumbini, present in Nepal. The soothsayers predicted to Suddodana about the future life of Siddhartha that the boy may become the great king or to become Sage, who know the salvation of life and brought the new Dharma in the society. They also suggested to Suddodana that when Siddhartha saw the sorrows of the people those might change the life of Siddhartha. Later few days of Siddhartha birth, Asita the teacher of Suddodana visited the boy and kept the boy’s feet on his head and worshipped the child. Another surprising thing was during the ploughing ceremony, a Jambu-tree kept its shadow on the child and not moved to the force of the air. So Suddodana wanted the child to become the king and provided all kinds of luxuries within the fort to hold him fast to household life to protect him from the looking at the sorrows outside of the fort.
Invites Buddha to Kapilavastthu:
Later few years Siddhartha looked at the sorrows of the people and wanted to leave the palace to know the salvation of the sorrows. One day at the age of 29 he left the palace in the midnight and practising austerities. Suddhodana received much news about his son, among them about his death due to the severity of his penances. However, Siddharda didn’t believe this news and had a strong belief that one day his son achieve his goal. After few years Suddodana received the news about the Enlightenment of his son. Suddodana wanted to invite Buddha to visit Kapilavastthu and send the message to Buddha.
This message sent him for nine times, however, Lord Buddha didn’t visit Kapilavastthu. At last at the tenth time accepted the invitation of Suddoddana and visited Kapilavastthu. The next day Buddha entered into Kapilavattu and started begging on the streets. This made Suddoddana lamented about the position of his son. Then Buddha told him that begging was the custom of the Buddhas. Buddha entered into the palace and Suddoddana entertained Buddha and his followers and served the meals. After the meals, Buddha preached Suddoddana about the Enlightenment and went back to spread his messages. Again Buddha visited his father Suddodana when he was about to die in the capital Vesali and preached him.