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The Dream of Queen Maya (the Buddha's Conception) ca. 2nd century.Metropolitan Museum of Art
Kalpasutra Queen Trishalas dream

Conception dreams are dreams that are said to foretell the conception or birth of a child, dreamt by the future mother or people close to her. The belief that a dream will foretell a baby's birth originates from Ancient India[1][2][3][4][5] and is found in some Asian countries.[6]


In IndiaEdit

Ancient India believes that conception dream predicts the child character. Maya (mother of the Buddha) dreamt that a white elephant with six white tusks entered her right side.[7][8][9][10]

In Jainism dreams are connected with the births of Tirthankaras and the other prominent people including chakravarti, Balabhadras and Vāsudevas. They are 63 in total and called Shalakapurusha. Their mothers see a certain number of dreams on conception of their soul in womb. They are described in the great detail in Kalpasutra.[11][12] 12th century Jain monk Hemchandracharya described and interpreted them in detail in Trishashthishalakapurush. Avashyak-niryukti, an early verse-commentary in Prakrit, explains relation of names of some Tirthankaras and these dreams.[13]

Foretelling as per Kalpasutra
Number of dreams What it foretells
14 dreams birth of a future Tirthankara or Chakravarti (universal monarch)
7 of the 14 dreams birth of a future Vāsudeva
4 of the 14 dreams birth of a future Baladeva
1 of the 14 dreams birth of a future Mandalika (king)

Rathore ruler Simhaji's queen dreamt 3 lions before birth of his 3 son.[14] Ramakrishna parents experienced supernatural incidents and visions before his birth. In Gaya his father Khudiram had a dream in which Lord Gadadhara (a form of Vishnu), said that he would be born as his son. Chandramani Devi is said to have had a vision of light entering her womb from Shiva's temple.[15][16] Nahusha mother Indumati had conception dream.[17] According to Dashakumaracharita Queen vasumati conceiving her first son hamsavahana, dreams that she has bathed in the water of all pilgrimages.while conceiving her second so Rajavahana she dreams that she swallowed the orb of universe.

In KoreaEdit

In Korea conception dreams are known as 태몽(taemong). Many women in Korean culture report having such dreams themselves. Popular topics of the dreams include fruit (such apples, persimmons, cherries, chestnuts), animals (tigers, snakes, goldfish), nature (rivers, rainbows), children and jewels. The dreamer might eat or take fruits, embrace animals, or interact with nature. The topic is believed to influence the gender or the future of the baby; for example, fruits are seen as a sign for a baby girl.

The person having the dream can be the mother herself, but close family members such as her mother or the husband can also have conception dreams instead of the mother.

Dreams are often considered to be omens, and sometimes people will "buy" dreams from friends, if they feel it is a good omen or a good conception dream.

Accounts of conception dreams can be found in numerous old histories. One example is the conception dream of Kim Yushin, from the 6th century CE, documented in the Samguk Sagi.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Beal, Samuel, transl. (1875), The romantic legend of Sâkya Buddha (Abhiniṣkramaṇa Sūtra), London: Trübner
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  3. ^ The Mahāvastu, Sacred Books of the Buddhists, 2, London: Luzac & Co
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  5. ^ Dreaming in the Lotus: Buddhist Dream Narrative, Imagery, and Practice By Serinity Young
  6. ^ "Psychological significance of Korean women's "conception dreams"".
  7. ^ Beal, Samuel, transl. (1875), The romantic legend of Sâkya Buddha (Abhiniṣkramaṇa Sūtra), London: Trübner
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  9. ^ The Mahāvastu, Sacred Books of the Buddhists, 2, London: Luzac & Co
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  11. ^, Nalini. "Article: Dreams". Institute of Jainology. pp. 1–4.
  12. ^ " Dreams of Queen Trishala". 2010-09-22.
  13. ^, Nalini. "Article: Dreams". Institute of Jainology. pp. 1–4.
  14. ^ Muhnot Nainsi Ki Khyat Khand-ii.Page:- 53-54.
  15. ^ Chatterjee 1993, pp. 46–47.
  16. ^ Harding 1998, pp. 243–244.
  17. ^ Padma purana, shrishti khand, 104