Borobudur: Shakyamuni leaving Kapilavastu

Bas-relief on the Rupadhatu layer depicting a scene from the life of Buddha

Shakyamuni leaving Kapilavastu

Shakyamuni leaving Kapilavastu
After Gautama Buddha attains enlightenment, he was known as Shakyamuni because of his lineage. Shakya is the name of his clan and muni means sage in Sanskrit. The bas-relief depicts Buddha leaving his native place, Kapilavastu, in search of the truth.

Located about 30 miles northwest of Yogyakarta on the island of Java, Borobudur is the largest and one of the most fascinating Buddhist monuments in the world. It was built between 778 and 850 CE by the rulers of the Shylendra (Cailendra) dynasty, who were the followers of Mahayana Buddhism. According to an inscription, it was founded by King Samaratungga of the Shylendra dynasty.

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