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The Lord Buddha was born to King Suddhodana and Queen Maya in royal family of Kapilvastu. On the 5th day of the prince’s birth, Saint Kondanna predicted that Siddhartha Gautama would become a world famous sage one day.

His father thought that if he could protect his son from all the sadness and gloom of the world, his son would become a great King and never follow the path of sainthood like the sages predicted. So, the prince was brought up with all the riches and amenities of life. He was married to Yasodhara at the age of 16 and blessed with a son named Rahul. Everything in the Kingdom remained fine and shielded; no elderly, aged or sick were allowed to meet or cross the Prince’s path. However, he always felt this emptiness in his life and knew that this material wealth was not the ultimate goal of life.

It is said that, one day he left his palace to meet his subjects and encountered an old man and that is when things changed. His charioteer had to explain him the miseries of life and the ultimate end, on being requested repeatedly by the prince. At the age of 29, Siddhartha Gautama renounces his worldly joys and left his family in search of the answers to life. He started living as a hermit and begged for alms to support his living.

He learnt yoga and meditation both but his thirst for the knowledge didn’t quench. Then he decided to follow the Buddhist way of meditation and started meditating under the famous Bodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya, India. He vowed to continue meditating until he achieved awakening. It was after the arduous practice of 49 days that Siddhartha Gautama became Lord Buddha. At the age of 35, he attained enlightenment. “He became a saviour, deliverer, and redeemer and decided to spread the message to the masses through Buddhism.