Which caste Lord Budha belonged to ?


Lord Budha, ‘Light of Asia’ and most divine a figure, was never the one to be confined to a caste as the world as a whole was his domain and he was humanity incarnate. Born around 6th century B.C., Gautam Budha was a Kshatriya, more popularly known as Rajputs and being son of king Siddodhan, his upbringing took place in Shakyan traditions as his father was of a Shakya sect amongst Kshatriyas ruling Kapilvastu. Gautam Budha himself is referred to as Shakyamuni. Later when Budhism was pioneered by Gautam Budha as a Sangh abandoning princely statusLord Budha and becoming himself a bhikshu moving from place to place seeking alms, his father Siddodhan had an objection contending that he should refrain from doing so as a Kshatriya can’t be supposed to live on alms. Gautam Budha’s reply to this was that as a Budhist he was neither a Kshatriya nor any other caste whatsoever, he belonged to a world where there were no caste barriers of any kind. Great Budha was not for any discrimination between a person and a person. Now that it is a total scenario of political domination on all counts, there are people to describe Gautam Budha as a non Kshatriya and that he belonged to a scheduled caste. No harm in belonging to a scheduled caste but there is no reason to far fetchedly over twisting the historical facts. One is supposed to be honest to history and no political mileage should be allowed to overtake the factual reality. The  mission one leads is much more important than the caste which one belongs to. Those who aspire to honestly persue Budhism are the ones who practice equality based on a cause and not the caste. They are not to indulge in erasing history.

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37 thoughts on “Which caste Lord Budha belonged to ?”

  1. yes!!!! most of the greatest kings were Rajputs…….and also, Lord Buddha …the originator of buddhism, religion that almost half of the world is following was Rajput origin…… i m proud of being Rajput …… the successor of such a great person, infact god……………………………

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  2. Mrinal pradhan is right.lord buddha teach us that there is no any caste instead of two caste.One caste of male and second is female.So I am proud to be a part of buddhism.

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  3. my dear friends bhagwan budha was Kshatriya (caste of ancient Bharata), not RAJPUT and other one……do not bound a god into caste friends. thanks

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  4. Budha was belong to sakya means he was Mauryan empire, i think u all above are illiterate first you read history then give the comets

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  5. In ancient days there was no traceability and outsider people took advantage of this. Then the caste system evolved and those got divided. The caste system was made permanent by chanakya advice means there were no dalit earlier. if A and B were two persons and A may be rich earlier than B but afterwards b become rich than A, then after 100 years if B remains rich then no one will imagine reverse. Think this in case of 2500 years. Read book “1 master 99 slaves ” where it is proved.

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  6. Caste system started after chanakya and Buddha took birth 150 years early. Caste system is designation with permanent reservation. In if Brahman were present before chanakya then why they were not effective in Nand dynasty. Means after loss of porus and nand dynasty things changed.

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  7. he was kshtriya but it means not that he was raajput.
    he belonged to shakya caste nowdays known as Maurya ,kushwaha,saini,bhagat,shakya.etc

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  8. Buddhism was founded by Siddhartha Shakya (a Hindu Kshatriya prince of Kapilavastu) who later came to be known as Gautam Buddha. Gautam, because the Shakya caste belongs to Gautama gotra, which is actually a Brahmin gotra and Buddha means ‘the enlightened one’.

    The important point to note here is that even though Buddha founded a new religion (Buddhism), still his family and most of the Shakya clan remained Hindu. Only a very few Shakyans actually converted to Buddhism. Due to this even at present day the majority of Shakya people follow Hindu religion and not Buddhism. But unlike Jews and Christians (we all know that Jesus Christ was a Jew who founded Christianity) who are hostile towards each other, Buddhism is more like an extension of Hinduism rather than a separate religion. Buddha himself is considered as Ninth avatar of Hindu god Vishu in Hindu Puranas. Shakya caste in Hindus and Shakya caste in Buddhism, both still identify themselves as Hindu Kshatriyas as they originally did.

    Shakya Dynasty has origins in India. Shakya dynasty is part of Hindu religion and is one the many ruling Kshatriya dynasties of ancient times. Kshatriyas were the warrior clans in Hindus. The American/British readers who are not much aware of Hindu religion can just keep in mind that Hindus are divides into 5 varnas or castes: Brahmins (priests), Kshatriyas (warriors/kings), Vaishyas (merchants), Shudras (common people) and Dalits (untouchables). The status of Kshatriyas during Vedic period was considered highest but later Brahmins took an equivalent or maybe a slightly higher status due to their priestly and spiritual duties.

    Shakya (Sanskrit: Śākya, Devanagari: शाक्य, Pāli: Sākya) is a Suryavanshi Kshatriya caste of Hindu religion. The name is derived from the Sanskrit word śakya which means “the one who can”. The Genealogy of Shakyas is found in Book IV of Vishnu Purana, the Shrimad Bhagavatam and the Brahma Purana.

    The Śākyas formed an independent republican state, known as Sakya Gaṇa-rājya. The Śākya capital was Kapilavastu (Pāli: Kapilavatthu) lies near to the India-Nepal border of present-day Uttar Pradesh state of India. This system of administration is adopted by the Constitution of India which identifies India as a republican state or Ganatantra (republic).
    The most famous Shakya was the prince Siddhartha Shakya (5th century BCE) who was the founder of Buddhism and came to be known as Gautama Buddha. Siddhartha was the son of Suddhodana. Suddodhana was the king of Shakya Republic. As Gautama Buddha founded a new religion and abdicted the throne, so the lineage continued with his son Rahula.
    According to Garuda Purana (1.86.10-11), Buddha is the ninth avatar of lord Vishnu; Rama and Krishna were seventh and eighth avatars respectively.

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  9. Buddhism was founded by Siddhartha Shakya (a Hindu Kshatriya prince of Kapilavastu) who later came to be known as Gautam Buddha. Gautam, because the Shakya caste belongs to Gautama gotra, which is actually a Brahmin gotra and Buddha means ‘the enlightened one’.

    The important point to note here is that even though Buddha founded a new religion (Buddhism), still his family and most of the Shakya clan remained Hindu. Only a very few Shakyans actually converted to Buddhism. Due to this even at present day the majority of Shakya people follow Hindu religion and not Buddhism. But unlike Jews and Christians (we all know that Jesus Christ was a Jew who founded Christianity) who are hostile towards each other, Buddhism is more like an extension of Hinduism rather than a separate religion. Buddha himself is considered as Ninth avatar of Hindu god Vishu in Hindu Puranas. Shakya caste in Hindus and Shakya caste in Buddhism, both still identify themselves as Hindu Kshatriyas as they originally did.

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  10. The Brahmin lineage: Gautama Gotra

    The Shakya caste belongs to Gautama gotra, which is a Brahmin gotra.

    This is because the Shakya clan, even though a Kshatriya caste, traces its lineage from Maharishi Gautam (Hindi: महर्षि गौतम) one of the great seven rishis or Saptrishi.

    This is the reason why Buddha is known as Gautam Buddha. But not only Buddha himself, but also his father Shuddhodhana and his cousin Ananda, were addressed as Gautama; while Mahapajapati and her sister Maya, both belonging to Shakya clan(kula), bore the name Gautami. That it was customary, in addressing the individuals in question, to use not the kula name (Shakya) but gotra (Gautama), shows how high a value was set – precisely in the ranks of Khattiya (Kshatriya) – upon membership in one of the ancient gotras. This finds expression also in a verse which frequently recurs in Buddhist Suttas: “The Khattiya is regarded as the best among people who set a value on gotta”.

    Similar to Shakya caste, Lord Mahaveer, the founder of Jainism, was a Kshatriya but belonged to Kashyapa gotra which is also a Brahmin gotra from Maharishi Kashyapa, who was also one of the Saptrishis.

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  11. According to Hindus, Prince Siddhartha born in Kshatriya family but when he became Buddha after that he taught Brahmins and others so he is also a Brahmin. Then Son of Buddha(Rahula) was a Brahmin so whole Shakyas should come in Brahmins but that’s a not truth only same peoples write Brahmins.The right thing is actually nobody can tell exact caste of Lord Buddha. According to Indian mentality , i am going to tell you a truth, Shakya Caste is the only caste in this world who gave a very large religion to the world, this religion is not have in India only whole world are following, i want to tell you some truth……. Shakya people form a strong caste and community in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Myanmar and some Shakyas are also live in Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore etc.
    In Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore etc they all are Buddhism Guru or Brahmins.
    In Nepal, Shakya caste is mostly Buddhist. Even though they are a Kshatriya caste in Hinduism, in Buddhism they are equivalent to Brahmin caste because of their role as priests in Buddhism.
    In Tibet, Shakya are Buddhist Brahmin caste or Priests.
    In Myanmar, Shakyans are descentants of the legendary King Abhiraja Shakya. Abhiraja Shakya belonged to the ruling Shakya Dynasty of India/Nepal. He migrated to the present-day Burma after the annexation of the Shakya kingdom by Kosala and established the Kingdom of Taguang.
    In Sri Lanka, Shakya caste is known as Sinhalese, which was the ruling dynasty of Sri Lanka. Descendant of Buddha’s cousin Pandu Shakya was King Pandukabhaya who established the Kingdom of Anuradhapura which lasted more than 600 years. Sinhalese is the national language of Sri Lanka and Sinhalese people are a majority, forming the ruling political party.
    so Now, i am coming to the point so please don’t compare with caste of Lord Buddha, he was the only person who gave peace to whole world from the caste and some others things….

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  12. So if Gautam Buddha was Kshatriya or may be Brahman then why people of dalit are using the slang to upper cast and one more thing I would like to share baba Ambedkar teacher was too Brahman even mayawati become a cm just because of Brahman Ambedkar is cast of Brahman in Maharashtra and even all the expenses of study of Ambedkar borned by a rajput king so if upper cast like Brahman and rajput did so many work for dalit then why the dalit people slang upper cast .shame on

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  13. Gautam Buddha belonged to Shakya caste of Kshatriya varna. His vansha was Suryavansha and gotra was Gautam.

    Shrimad Bhagavatam lists the names of the kings of Suryavansha Dynasty (also known as Ikshvaku Dynasty).
    These were the decendants of Lord Rama’s bloodline.

    Srimad Bhagvatam, canto 9 (Descendants of Suryavansha after King Brihadbala):
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    Vrihadbala / Brihadbala. At the beginning of Kali-Yuga Brihadbala was ruling Kosala. He was killed by the Pandava, Abhimanyu.

    Brihadrana (Brihatshaya)

    Urukriya (Urukshaya)

    VatsaVriddha (Vatsavyooha)

    Prativyoma (Prativyom)

    Bhanu

    Divaka. The Bhavishya Purana states Divakara as the son of Prativyoma.

    Sahadeva

    Brihadasva

    Bhanuman (Bhanuratha)

    Pratikasva (Pratitashva)

    Supratika

    Marudeva (Merudeva)

    Sunakshatra

    Pushkara

    Antariksha. There is a variation in the Bhavishya Purana as Antariksha is stated to be descended from Sunakshatra as follows: Sunakshatra -> Kinnarashva -> Antariksha.

    Sutapa (Suparna)

    Amitrajit (Amitarajit)

    Brihadraja (Brihadbhrija)

    Barhi (Dharmin)

    Kritanjaya

    Rananjaya

    Sanjaya

    Sakya (Shakya)

    Suddhoda Shakya. The Bhavishya Purana states that he was Suddodhana, the father of Gautama Buddha and since Buddha abdicated the throne the lineage continued with his son Rahula.

    Langala (Rahula) Shakya

    Prasenajit (Prasenjit)

    Kshudraka (Kshudvaka)

    Ranaka (Kulaka)

    Suratha

    Sumitra.

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  14. गौतम बुद्ध का जन्म हिन्दू क्षत्रिय वर्ण की शाक्य जाति में हुआ था | भगवान् बुद्ध का नाम सिद्धार्थ शाक्य था |
    विष्णु पुराण में शाक्य जाति को एक सूर्यवंशी क्षत्रिय जाति बताया गया है |

    गौतम बुद्ध के पिता शाक्य गणराज्य (कपिलवस्तु) के राजा शुद्धोधन शाक्य थे , तथा उनकी माता कोलिय राज्य की राजकुमारी माया थी |

    गौतम बुद्ध जन्म 483 और 563 ईस्वी पूर्व के बीच शाक्य गणराज्य की तत्कालीन राजधानी कपिलवस्तु के निकट लुंबिनी, नेपाल में हुआ था।

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  15. Lord Budha Was A Shakya Koli By Caste.
    The Caste Of Lord Budha Was Koli & Subcaste Was Shakya & Dynasty Was Ikshwaku.
    Shakya Are Subcaste Of Koli Community In India & Nepal. The Koli Community Calls Lord Buddha As Koli Prince. Maharaja Suddodhan Shakya Of Kapilvastu & Maharaja Anjana Of Devdaha Was Brothers. Both Was From Ikshwaku Dynasty.

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