In the sixth century before the Christian period, religion was forgotten in India. The good teachings of the Vedas were thrown away. The dishonest priests gave away religion. They were very ungodly. In the name of religion, people followed in the footsteps of the cruel priests and performed irrelevant rituals. They killed innocent animals and did various sacrifices. The country was in great need of a ruler of Buddha's type,.
Buddha's father was Suddhodana, king of the Sakhyas. Buddha's mother was named Maya. Buddha was born in B.C. 560 and died at the age of eighty in B.C. 480. The place of his birth was a orchard known as Lumbini, near the city of Kapilavastu, at the bottom of Mount Palpa in the Himalayan ranges within Nepal.
Suddhodana thought that he might lose his son so he tried his best to make him attached to earthly objects.
He surrounded him with all kinds of luxury, He got his son married and put him in a walled place with gardens, fountains, palaces, music, dances, and so on. In particular, the king wanted to keep away from his son the 'four signs' that would move him to enter into a harsh life.
Buddha's original name was Siddhartha. It meant one who had accomplished his aim. Gautama was Siddhartha's family name. Siddhartha was known all over the world as Buddha, the Enlightened One. Siddhartha spent his childhood at Kapilavastu and its district. He was married at the age of sixteen. His wife's name was Yasodhara. Siddhartha had a son named Rahula. At the age of twenty-nine, Siddhartha Gautama suddenly abandoned his home to devote himself entirely to religious pursuits and Yogic practices. A simple mistake turned him to the path of neglect. One day he managed to get...