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The Story of the Shakyamuni Buddha's Birth

Buddha who is the founder of the Buddhist religion is called Buddha Shakyamuni. “Shakya” is the name of the royal family into which he was born, and “Muni” means “Holy One.” Buddha Shakyamuni was born as a royal prince in 624 BC in a place called Lumbini, which was originally in northern India now part of Nepal. When his mother Queen Mayadevi and his father King Shuddhodana saw the child, he felt as if all his wishes had been fulfilled and he named the young prince “Siddhartha.” He invited a Brahmin seer to make predictions about the prince’s future.

The seer examined the child with his clairvoyance and told the king, “There are signs that the boy could become either a chakravatin king, a ruler of the entire world, or a fully enlightened Buddha Buddha Shakyamuni's was born on a full moon day which is now celebrated as Vesak (Wesak ). It is an auspicious day according to the legends, the baby began to walk seven steps forward four directions and then, at the seventh stride in each directions, he stopped and with a noble voice shouted: “This is the east: first I will go to Nirvana. This is the south: I will become the object of veneration by all wanderers. This is the west: this is the last of my births. This is the north: I will cross the ocean of cyclic existence of Samsara ”