The Bodhisatta, born as king of Benares.
He was so called ("Welcome") because he was born to his parents as a result
of their prayers. He had a step-sister, Udayabhaddā. When his parents wished him
to marry, he refused, but in the end, yielding to their entreaties, he made a
woman's image in gold and desired them to find a wife who resembled it.
Udayabhaddā alone could rival the image, so she was wedded to Udayabhadda. They
lived together in chastity and, in due course, when Udayabhadda died, the
princess became queen. The king was born as Sakka,
and honouring a promise he had made to the princess to return and announce to
her the place of his birth, he visited her as soon as he remembered her, and,
before revealing himself, tested her in various ways. Being satisfied with her
conduct, he instructed her and went away. The princess, renouncing the kingdom,
became a recluse. Later she was born in Tāvatimsa
as the Bodhisatta's handmaiden. J. iv.104ff.
2. Udayabhadda. See Udāyibhadda.