There was once a king named Suddhodana and a queen named Mahamaya who lived in the city of Kapilavastu in the sixth century B.C. One day, as the queen was resting in her palace, she dreamt that a white elephant carrying a white lotus in its trunk entered her right side. Sometime later, a baby was born to the queen. He was named Siddhartha Gautama.
A group of astrologers predicted that the young prince would grow up to be either a great emperor or that he would turn his back on privilege and power to become a great spiritual leader.