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Buddha Childhood

buddha childhood

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Shakyamuni Buddha, the founder and creator of Buddhism is one of the few individuals who are worshipped greatly even though they are born as human beings. Lord Buddha who was born in the great palace of Shakya King of Kapilvastu, Lumbini, Nepal, later created the great religion in order to teach all human beings the knowledge that he realized through Nirvana in Bodh Gaya. The knowledge he achieved through Enlightenment was passed down from generations to generations and now there are many Buddhist traditions in the world, having their own practices and sutras as well as doctrines such as Tibetan Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism and Newar Buddhism.

buddha childhood

According to history of Buddha, it is believed that Queen Mayadevi dreamed about a white elephant descended from heaven entered her womb. Queen believed that the white elephant in her dreams came from the Tushita Heaven or popularly known as Pure Land of Maitreya Buddha and her child will be pure and powerful beings. Later Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Shakyamuni in a Mango Grove in the garden in Lumbini without any pain and labor. Queen Mayadevi was the wife of King Suddhodhana, the current king of Shakya kingdom in that era. Later the Shakyamuni was named Siddhartha and invited Brahmin seer in order to predict the great future of young prince Siddhartha. Most of the Brahmin and scholars predicted that Prince Siddhartha will be the greatest King in Shakya Clan but one scholar i.e. Kaundinya, one of the important Buddhist disciples, predicted that he will be either greatest king or greatest religious and spiritual leader. After hearing such prediction, the king decided that prince will departed from every pain as well as worldly natures.

Childhood of Prince Siddhartha

Since King Suddhodhana, Emperor of Kingdom of Shakya in Lumbini, shields him from worldly matters, he was confined to the four walls of royal palace, but given everything to prince Siddhartha with pomp and luxury and providing every comforts in the world. He was taught everything from theoretical knowledge to practical knowledge such as swords training, bow training so that he could become a great ruler. From his childhood, Lord Buddha was very kind, to other living beings. In one event, when Prince Devadatta, one of the disciples of Buddha with other Shakya prince were hunting birth with bow, one bird got injured in its wing and fell down, but Siddhartha went and helped the birds and tends to its wound and later he let the bird free even though other prince were angry.

Later, for his comfort King Suddhodhana built three castles and palaces for Prince Siddhartha. When Prince Siddhartha reached the age of 16, he was married to beautiful princess Yasodhara, daughter of Shakya Chieftain. After their marriage, Rahula was born shortly. Shortly after his marriage and birth of Rahula, it is said that he went through the four events and many Buddhist monks called this events as "Four Noble Signs" which led to Prince Siddhartha choose ascetic life. These four noble signs are:

  1. Sight of Old and decrepit man
  2. Sight of ill and sick man
  3. Sight of dead man lying in a bier
  4. Sight of ascetic monks (who renounced the worldly life)

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The childhood of Buddha and these four noble signs influenced Prince Siddhartha to look out the ultimate knowledge which he found in Bodh Gaya, and thus the influence of Buddhism spread to many Asian countries. Thus the childhood of prince Siddhartha can be considered the turning point of Buddhism. In present there hundred of thousands of Buddhist devout who follow and worship Buddha and Buddhism and there are different tradition of Buddhism in each Buddhist countries such Buddhism in Burma, Buddhism in Tibet, Buddhism Thailand, Buddhism in Indonesia, Buddhism in Nepal etc.

The religion that Buddha founded is one of the major religions of the world. Lord Buddha also known as Gautama Buddha is still respected by many numbers of people as a stupa, Nepal Tibet Buddha statues, thangkas, monastery, and many different Buddhist sculptures. There are different styles of Buddha Statues i.e. Nepali Buddha statues, Tibetan Buddha statues, Burmese Buddha statues etc.

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Our collections of Buddha statues and arts

Large antique wooden Mandalay Buddha statue

Large antique wooden Mandalay Buddha statue

1,250 euro
Antique Thai bronze Rattanakosin Buddha

Antique Thai bronze Rattanakosin Buddha

300 euro
Pair antique Burmese Nat statues

Pair antique Burmese Nat statues

950 euro
High quality Nepali bronze Buddha statue

High quality Nepali bronze Buddha statue

1,300 euro
Old bronze Nepali Padmasambhava statue

Old bronze Nepali Padmasambhava statue

300 euro
Special antique bronze Shan Buddha

Special antique bronze Shan Buddha

Antique bronze Thai Buddha statue

Antique bronze Thai Buddha statue

950 euro
Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

275 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

700 euro
Antique bronze Mandalay Buddha statue

Antique bronze Mandalay Buddha statue

850 euro
Antique bronze Thai monk statue

Antique bronze Thai monk statue

1,550 euro
Old bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha statue

1,550 euro
Special Burmese crowned Buddha statue

Special Burmese crowned Buddha statue

4,250 euro
Antique Thai Buddha on Naga snake

Antique Thai Buddha on Naga snake

750 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

1,750 euro
Early antique Burmese Buddha statue

Early antique Burmese Buddha statue

5,500 euro
Antique bronze Thai Monk statue

Antique bronze Thai Monk statue

350 euro
Special large bronze Buddha statue

Special large bronze Buddha statue

15,500 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

250 euro
Antique Burmese Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Buddha statue

125 euro
Antique Burmese crowned Buddha statue

Antique Burmese crowned Buddha statue

2,250 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

1,850 euro
Large old teakwooden Buddha statue

Large old teakwooden Buddha statue

3,250 euro
Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

250 euro
12th century Terracotta Bagan Tablet

12th century Terracotta Bagan Tablet

600 euro
Antique Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

300 euro
Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

1,400 euro
New bronze Nepali Buddha statue

New bronze Nepali Buddha statue

900 euro
Large old wooden Burmese Buddha

Large old wooden Burmese Buddha

1,950 euro
Old bronze Nepali Manjushri statue

Old bronze Nepali Manjushri statue

2,750 euro
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