A Sākiyan Rājā of Kapilavatthu and father of Gotama Buddha.
Māyā was his chief consort, and, after her death her sister Pajāpatī was raised to her position.
Nanda was Suddhodana’s son by Mahā Pajāpati, and he had also a daughter called Sundarī Nandā. When the Buddha ordained both Rāhula and Nanda, Suddhodana was greatly distressed lest other parents should be similarly afflicted, and persuaded the Buddha to establish a rule that none should be ordained without the permission of his parents. Vin.i.82f.