Leaving his wife and new son "Rahula"--fetter he took on several teachers and tried severe renunciation in the forest until the point of near-starvation. Siddhartha in the Real World The prince reached adulthood with little experience of the world outside the palace walls, but one day he ventured out with a charioteer and was quickly confronted with the realities of human frailty: He saw a very old man, and Siddhartha's charioteer explained that all people grow old.
Today it is less so. Buddhism grew powerful in Tibet, absorbing the local pre-Buddhist Tibetan religions.
The kings of the Satavahana dynasty of central India followed Ashoka in adopting the Dharma as a civilizing and unifying force in governing disparate peoples. The rebels were know as the Mahasanghikas. Among the principal schools was a conservative faction, the Sthaviravada way of the elderswhich held firmly to the old monastic ideal with the arhat at its center and to the original teaching of the Buddha as expressed in the Tripitaka.
Earlier Indian styles represented Buddha in the forms of symbols such as a lotus, a tree, a footprint, a wheel or a stupa. Nonetheless, factions reflecting the influence of other Indian or Theravada schools played a significant role. Attracting pilgrims from as far away as China, they were decorated with statues of Buddha and bodhisattvas and scenes from the life of the historical Buddha and his previous lives.
He was born only km miles from Bara in BC. They found dents in a pillar and walls indicating they at one time held Buddhist statues but no Buddhist statues or murals were found.