Buddha in the Sunset

Known As: Siddhārtha Gautama,

Famous As: Founder Of Buddhism

Nationality: Nepalese

Born: 0563

Died At Age: 80

Born In: Lumbini, Nepal

Father: King Śuddhodana

Mother: Mahapajapati Gotami

Siblings: Sundari, Nanda, Nanda

Spouse/Partner: Queen Yashodhara

Children: Rāhula

Religion: Buddhism

Died On: 483 BC

Place Of Death: Kushinagar

Gautama Buddha was a spiritual leader on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He is believed to have lived in eastern India/ Nepal during the 6th to 4th century B.C. Born as a prince, he spent his childhood in the lap of luxury. He lost his mother at an early age and his doting father tried his best to keep his young son away from the miseries of the world. When he was a little boy, some wise scholars predicted that he would become either a great king or a renowned spiritual leader. His father hoped that his son would one day become a great king. The prince was kept away from all forms of religious knowledge and had no idea about the concepts of old age, sickness and death. Once on a trip through the city on a chariot he witnessed an old man, a diseased person, and a corpse. This new knowledge about the sufferings in the world gave rise to several questions within his mind and the prince soon renounced all his worldly affairs in order to embark on a journey of self-discovery. Finally after years of rigorous contemplation and meditation, he found Enlightenment, and became the Buddha, meaning “awakened one” or “the enlightened one”.

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