On This Day: April 8

April 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Buddhists celebrate birth of Gautama.

On this day, Buddhists celebrate the commemoration of the birth of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, thought to have lived in India from 563 B.C. to 483 B.C. Actually, the Buddhist tradition that celebrates his birthday on April 8 originally placed his birth in the 11th century B.C., and it was not until the modern era that scholars determined that he was more likely born in the sixth century B.C., and possibly in May rather than April. Source: www.history.com

Queen Māyā miraculously giving birth to Siddhārtha. Sanskrit palm leaf manuscript. Nālandā, Bihar, India. Pāla period. Source: Wikipedia.

Queen Māyā miraculously giving birth to Siddhārtha. Sanskrit palm leaf manuscript. Nālandā, Bihar, India. Pāla period. Source: Wikipedia.

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