Religious Figure

Born: c. 563 B.C.
Died: c. 483 B.C. (possibly food poisoning )
Birthplace: Kapilvastu, Nepal
Best known as: The founder of Buddhism
<p>Name at birth: Siddhartha Gautama</p>

Buddha ("the awakened") was the title given to Siddhartha Gautama, the son of a Nepalese rajah. According to tradition, Guatama left a life of luxury at age 30 and devoted himself to years of contemplation and self-denial, finally reaching enlightenment while sitting beneath a tree. Henceforth known as Buddha, he spent his life teaching disciples about his beliefs (embodied in the Four Noble Truths) and the goal of achieving the enlightened state of Nirvana.

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