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Siddhartha Gautama was born and lived during the 563 and 483 BC. Gautama was born in the area that is known as the Indo-Nepalese region. Since he was a bodhisattva, a person who has lived many lives until his last one, Gautama was on the edge of attaining the last fruit to fulfill his enlightenment. The last life Gautama was going to live as the son of Sudhodana. Sudhodana was a King who ruled a small kingdom called Sakya, which is near present day Nepal. Lumbini was the village in which Gautama was born in that consisted in a warrior tribe called Sakyas. Because of Gautama being born in this village, he was given the title of Sakyamuni. Sakyamuni means sage of the Sakyas.

It is believed that his mother, Queen Maya, had a dream of a White elephant that came down into her womb. When this dream happened it was interpreted that a great being was going to be born into the world.

When it was time for Queen Maya to give birth, she gave birth in a garden and was astonished that the birth was very painless. After five days of Buddha being born, that was when Gautama received the name of Siddhartha.

An old man by the name of Asita came to meet the newborn prince. Asita was an ascetic of high spiritual attainments. Asita was very happy to hear about this child birth. Asita decided to visit the King, having been a tutor for the king, to be able to see the baby. The king felt deeply honored that such an unexpected visit got Gautama to make him pay due reverence. While the Asita was sitting on his chair, Gautama rested his legs on his matted locks. This surprised everyone and the ascetic instantly...