Year: 2022 | Month: December | Volume 8 | Issue 2

Ideals of Religious Life in Buddhism



Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha) was born in around the year 560 BC in the sacred area of Lumbini near the ancient town of Kapilabastu in Terai region of Southern Nepal. He was the only son of King Suddhodana and Queen Mahamaya and the only heir to the Sakya kingdom. He was brought up in Kapilabustu by his step mother, the second wife of Suddhodana, as his mother Mahamaya died after seventh day of his birth. From his very childhood he seemed to have no attraction towards his princely life and was always found in a pensive and despondent mood. He would rise early in the morning, performed his morning activities and took his bath. Then he would go a solitary place for the practice of contemplation. His father tried his best to keep him away from these by marrying him and surrounding him with luxuries. He married at the age of 16 with his cousin, Yasodhara, and a son, Rahul, was born.

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