One of the nine daughters of King Kikī.
She was born with the semblance of a necklet upon her neck and shoulders, as
though drawn by a painter, hence her name, Uracchadā. When sixteen years old she
heard Kassapa Buddha preach, and became a sotāpanna. That same day she attained
arahantship, entered the Order and passed into Nibbāna (J.vi.481).
In the time of Vipassī, both Uracchadā
and Queen Māyā (mother of Gotama Buddha) were born as the daughters of King
Bandhumā. One day the king received a present of a golden wreath, worth a
thousand, and a box of precious sandalwood. He gave the sandalwood to the elder
daughter and the wreath to the younger. The two girls, wishing to present their
gifts to the Buddha, obtained the king's consent. The elder princess powdered
the sandalwood and filled a golden box with it. The younger had the wreath made
into a necklet and placed it in a golden casket. They then went to the Buddha,
and the elder reverently sprinkled his body with sandalwood and scattered it in
his cell with the prayer, "May I, in time to come, be the mother of a Buddha
like you." The younger reverently placed the necklet on the Buddha and prayed,
"Until I attain arahantship, may this ornament never part from my body."
According to the Vimānavatthu Commentary
(pp. 270f), Uracchadā's name was Uracchadamālā and her teacher was a brahmin
named Gopāla, who was also present when the Buddha preached to Uracchadamālā.
But he did not acquire any special attainments.