This bronze statue is known as the prince SIDDHARTHA GAUTAMA , who decided not to become the next King, goes out to find life amongst ordinary people.
He then sits under the Bodi Tree and find enlightenment, then becoming Buddha.
Kings ruling under Majapahit;
Raden Wijaya, 1293-1309,
Hayam Wuruk, 1332-1389. This was the most glorious days of the Majapahit Era, and he was accompanied by Gaja Mada as priminister. In this period it had relations with India, Cambodia, China, Muangthai.
The ports of Ujung Galun, Gresik, Passuian in East Java in the Surabaya area were visited by the Chinese, Indian and Persian traders, hence the import of Buddha Statues in bronze, wood and stone and other deities.
Gaja Mada dies in 1364, and Hayan Wuruk in 1389, and when these figures died Majapahit declined.
Additional Information :
Siddhartha Gautama’s Early Life
Siddhartha Gautama was born about 583 BCE, in or near what is now Nepal. His father, King Suddhodana, was leader of a large clan called the Shakya. His mother, Queen Maya, died shortly after his birth.
When Prince Siddhartha was a few days old, a holy man prophesied the Prince would be either a great military conqueror or a great spiritual teacher. King Suddhodana preferred the first outcome and prepared his son accordingly. He raised the boy in great luxury and shielded him from knowledge of religion and human suffering. The Prince reached the age of 29 with little experience of the world outside the walls of his opulent palaces.
One day, overcome with curiosity, Prince Siddhartha asked a charioteer to take him on a series of rides through the countryside. On these journeys he was shocked by the sight of an aged man, then a sick man, and then a corpse. The stark realities of old age, disease, and death seized and sickened the Prince.
Finally, he saw a wandering ascetic. The charioteer explained that the ascetic was one who had renounced the world and sought release from fear of death and suffering.
For a time the Prince returned to palace life, but he took no pleasure in it. Even the news that his wife Yasodhara had given birth to a son did not please him. The child was called Rahula, which means “fetter.”
One night he wandered the palace alone. The luxuries that had once pleased him now seemed grotesque. Musicians and dancing girls had fallen asleep and were sprawled about, snoring and sputtering. Prince Siddhartha reflected on the old age, disease, and death that would overtake them all and turn their bodies to dust.
He realized then that he could no longer be content living the life of a prince. That very night he left the palace, shaved his head, and changed his prince’s clothes for a beggar’s robe. Then he began his quest for enlightenment.
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