Sidharth (Goutam Buddha) in the prime of his youth, he made up his mind to give up all comforts and pleasures of princely life and adopt the life of medicent in search of Truth. One night, while his dear wife and little son were fast asleep, Sidharth silently left his palace for ever. This was the Great Renunciation. He met some of the most learned Gurus of the time, but they were not effective in showing him the true light. He spent six long years practising vigorous penance in the forest of Uruvela near Gaya in Bihar. He observed severe fasts and inflicted untold pain on his body, literally starving himself to near death. He, however, did not find the Truth he was seeking. He realised that self-torture was not the right path to enlightenment. He resumed eating normally, but kept on deeply meditating under a peepal tree. At last one day he suddenly attained illumination or supreme knowledge.