Buddhism, and its associated techniques and things that came out of it have lent to become the major faith. Today Buddhism is deeply rooted in India. As said by Dalai Lama, “the relationship that Buddhism shares with India is that of student and master”. Buddhism with Buddha Shakyamuni, also known as Gautama Buddha, The land of India and its vast territories with spiritually inclined folklore – play an important role in its evolution, spread and thrust to its standing as an international faith.
Almost all of the Buddha’s life was spent in this part of the subcontinent, and this has resulted in there being a marked elevation in the spirituality of the places which saw him work his cause in the flesh as opposed to the later structures and institutes that came to be. To put it another way, all the monumental events with respect to the faith during the Buddha’s lifetime occurred here.
Gautama Buddha was born into princely status in 623. For the first twenty nine years of his life, he lived in luxury and there after he moved out and experienced the outside world, more importantly, what was at the time still with in the Indian landscape. Thereafter, when he encountered the general condition of civilization as it existed, he felt compelled to leave the luxury so that he develops the path to moksha & rid mankind of the afflictions of existence. For the search of truth he travelled to the various locations such as Vaishali Bodh Gaya, most of which happen to be existing in present day India.
The Enlightenment of the Buddha and the beginning of his mission:
The initial first five years of his life away from the comfort & luxury were spent in Vaishali, which is located in present day Uttar Pradesh and thereafter Buddha continued to visit the town in the years after he achieved enlightenment. In the fifth such year, upon his return to it, the settlement saw the following of eighty four thousand locals into the Buddhist Tour faith within the first week of his arrival.
Bodhgaya in Bihar, or more particularly, the Maha Bodhi tree which one can still find still survving and highly revered, is where Gautama attained enlightenment, or Nirvana. This event earned him the title Buddha, which actually is revered as Enlightened One. After he attained enlightenment, the Buddha was determined to get his message across to as many people as possible, and to this end travelled and spoke extensively of his new found enlightenment and the way for others to achieve it.
If visited one can closely feel a tangible difference in the atmosphere i.e., full of divinity one experiences . Upon visiting the settlements personally visited or inhabited by the Buddha, however these location are personally visited and have reasons associated with Buddha are more popular than those which are showcased later by his followers
This fact is illustrated sharply enough by the well preserved remnants of sites such as Vaishali and Sravasti.
First Sermon of Lord Buddha
Most important Buddha gave his first sermon in Deer Park of Sarnath. There exists the Dhamekh Stupa and Asokan Lion Capitol which is now National Emblem of India.
Death of the Buddha and the Furthering of Buddhism:Kushinagar
Buddha gave his very last sermon ever to impart from his mortal body, and went on to attain Parinirvana , or Nirvana in Death, the highest kind of his surviving truth , in Kushinagar, also situated in Uttar Pradesh. The Buddha’s body was cremated here, the site is patronized as the Ramabhar Stupa, and his last place of rest is marked by the Parinirvana Temple and Stupa.
To personify here, Buddhism has gained much greater number of disciples, following and patronage post Gautama Buddha’s own lifetime than it ever did during his life as Gautama Buddha lived with the common folklore. Most important the Journey of Buddha revolved around India from the foundations for this entire faith and its massive acceptance all over the world . Even today his followers are ensuring to keep the faith of people with remarkable conditions like locations, architecture and mode & way of operations (chanting & monk way of living and education) and way to life in India.