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Gautama Buddha [563 BCE - 483 BCE].

Also known as Siddhartha Gautama, Shakyamuni Buddha, Historical Buddha, or simply the Buddha.

Buddha attained Enlightenment at the age of 35, in 598 BC, under a Bodhi tree in Both Gaya.

His teachings lead to the founding of Buddhism.

Before Enlightenment Buddha was named as Siddhartha Gautama. He sought to find an end to human suffering....
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Schools of Buddhism

Gautama (Sakyamuni) Buddha is the original and historical founder of Buddhism. Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment [The Supreme Knowledge] seated under the Bodhi Tree in 598 BC., at the age of 35. In the eras following the ‘mahaparinirvana’ of Lord Gautam Buddha, His disciples got divided into different sects and spread all over the world. This led to the foundation of...

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BUDDHIST ICONOGRAPHY: MUDRAS and AUSPICIOUS SYMBOLS

There is a rich iconography associated with images of Buddha. There are specific bodily features, stylised poses [mudras/ gestures], and there are auspicious symbols.

An interesting facet is that the large free-standing iconic images of the Buddha so prominent now-a-days in Buddhist art, are not found in the earliest period. The Aniconic and Iconic phases of...

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The World Peace Pagoda / Vishwa Shanti Stupa is erected according to the teaching of the Saodharma Pundarika Sutra (The Lotus Sutra) to disseminate love and peace and to create “The Pure Land” on the Earth. The construction of the Stupa all over the world was initiated by the most Ven. Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji, after seeing the tragedy of atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki...
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Pawapuri  Lotus Tank and Water Temple

"Jal Mandir" meaning Water Temple is the most revered temple for Jains. It is located in Pawapuri town, Bihar. The town Pawapuri, also known as Apapuri, means a town without sins.

This temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavira the 24 the Tirthankara and founder of the Jain religion. Here Lord Mahavira attained salvation sitting on a...

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Mahabodhi Temple Complex: UNESCO World Heritage Site

Mahabodhi Temple Complex was inscribed in the World Heritage List in 2002.

Mahabodhi Temple Complex is built at the place where Buddha attained Enlightenment.

The Mahabodhi temple Complex has direct association with the life of Lord Buddha [563 - 483 BC], being the place where He attained Enlightenment [The Supreme Knowledge]...

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The BODHI TREE

Prince Siddharta attained Buddhahood [Full Enlightenment] in  528 BC; on the Vaisakha full moon day sitting under this Peepul [Bodhi Tree]. The Bodhi tree, is the fifth generation plant of the original ficus tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment in 528 BCE, that is after nine years of ascetic life, is one of the most revered sacred places for...
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