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Mayadevi, or just Maya, was the mother of Siddhartha Gautama, or the Buddha Shakyamuni. According to the stories of the Buddha’s life, Mayadevi conceived the Buddha after a prophetic dream, and gave birth to him through her side in a garden. Seven days later she passed away, and was reborn in the Heaven of the Thirty-Three Gods. After awakening, the Buddha traveled to that heaven to share with her his realization and teaching, and then came down on to the human world.