The points of difference between the Mahayana and Mahayana and the Hinayana are mentioned below:
🌾 The Hinayanists belonged to the original sect, looking upon Buddha as their teacher and guide and following his simple teachings. They did not look at Buddha as an incarnation of God or as a Saviour.
🌾 The Eight-Fold Path was strictly obeyed by the followers of Hinayana that constituted on good deeds and holy life. The Mahayanists found the concept of Nirvana to be too cold and remote. New ideas of gorgeous heavens came to be developed by them.
🌾 The Hinayanists rejected idol worship. Buddha was represented only in Symbols such as a pair of footprints or an empty seat.
🌾 The Pali script was exercised by the Hinayanists to preach their faith and for write their sacred literature. The Mahayanists adopted Sanskrit for the writing of the holy texts.
The Vedic Period
The age of history in which the Vedas were composed in the Indian subcontinent is known as the Vedic Age. The Vedas were composed by the Aryans. There are four Vedas—the Rigveda, Samaveda, Yajurveda, and Arthaveda. Read more
The Age of the Guptas
The Gupta Empire ruled the country from AD 320 to AD 540. It was not as large as the Mauryan Empire, but it politically united the North Indian territories for more than a hundred years. Read more
The Mughal Empire
The weakness of the Delhi Sultanate and political disunity thereafter led to the establishment of Mughal rule in India. The Mughal Empire was founded by Babur after he defeated Ibrahim Lodi in the First Battle of Panipat in 1526. Read more
The Medieval India – South india and Cholas
The Chera kingdom was one of the earliest kingdoms in South India. They were later defeated by the Pallavas in the 4th century AD. In the 10th century, the Cholas became a powerful kingdom in the South. Read more