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Religious Beliefs During the Gupta Period

The solution covers the existence of variety of religions during Gupta period. Gupta rulers were orthodox Hindus, but extremely tolerant towards other religions. Some of the religions present during the period were:
1. Hinduism
2. Vaishnavanism
3. Saivism
4. Worship of Sakti
5. Buddhism
6. Jainism
7. Worship of Sun god
The orthodox Hindu beliefs of the Gupta monarchs enriched their faith and helped it spread across the border.

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Gupta age can be considered as the golden age of Hinduism. The period marked a turning point in the history of India. There were a variety of religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Vaishnavinism and Saivism. Vashnavite and Shivite forms of worship were popular even though much importance was given Vedic texts. In spite of various branches in Hinduism, its followers lived in perfect peace and harmony.

Buddhism also underwent remarkable changes. The rise of Mahayanism brought Buddhism on par with Hinduism. Buddhists began to use Sanskrit instead of Pali and idol worship became common. The mutual understanding of Hinduism and Buddhism resulted in fusion of their religions. For example, Hinduism had accepted Buddha as an embodiment of Vishnu. Lastly, the emergence of Bodhisattvas merged Buddhism with ...

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This solution is immensely helpful for the student to understand the religious conditions during the Gupta period. It gives an in-depth understanding of the different faiths prevalent during the period and the tolerant attitude of Gupta rulers. Finally, Gupta age can be considered as a golden age of Hinduism. It is not astonishing that Hinduism spread across borders especially to South East Asia.

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