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Which of the following kingdoms were associated with the life of Buddha?

 Which of the following kingdoms were associated with the life of Buddha?

1
Gaandhara
2
Kosala
Correct Answer
3
Avanti
4
Magadha

The correct answer is Kosala.

Key Points

  • Buddhism:
    • Founded by Siddhartha Gautam.
    • He was born in Lumbini near Nepal in 563 BC.
    • After 49 days of meditation under a pipal tree, Gautama attained Bodhi (enlightenment) at Bodhgaya in Bihar.
    • Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath, UP and the event is known as Dharma-Chakra-Pravartana.
    • He followed 'Madhyam Marg' or the middle path
    • He died at Kushinagar, UP and the event is known as Mahaparinibban.
    • The Tri Ratnas of Buddhism are: Buddha (spiritual potential), Dhamma (teachings of Buddha) and Sangha (order of monks who follow Buddhism).
    • Maha Maya, the mother of Gautama Buddha belongs to the Kosala Dynasty.

Additional Information

  • Gandhara is not directly associated with the life of Buddha. It flourished during the ruling of the Mauryan Period, especially during the period of Ashoka.
  • Rajgir was the early capital of Magadh Janapada, which was ruled by Bimbisara during Buddha’s time.
  • After the great departure (Mahabhinishkramana), Buddha had first gone to Rajgir, where he started living as an ascetic and turned down the offer given by Bimbisara to take the throne.
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