BUDDHISM IN INDIA
Buddhism is a world religion, which arose in and around the ancient Kingdom of Magadha, and is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama who was deemed a "BUDDHA". Buddhism spread outside of Magadha starting in the Buddha's lifetime..
With the reign of the Buddhist Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, the Buddhist community split into two branches: the Mahasamghika and the Sthaviradava, each of which spread throughout India and split into numerous sub-sects. In modern times, two major branches of Buddhism exist..
The practice of Buddhism as a distinct and organized religion lost influence after the Gupta reign , and declined from the land of its origin in around 13th century, but not without leaving a significant impact. Buddhist practice is most common and Buddhism remains a major presence in the Himalayan areas such as Sikkim, Ladakh. Buddhism has been reemerging in India since the past century, due to its adoption by many Indian intellectuals, the migration of Buddhist Tibetan exiles, and the mass conversion of hundreds of thousands of Hindu Dalits.