At the time of rise of Buddhism, the reasons of decline of Vedic religion was / were:
1. There was a growth of religious unrest
2. The Vedic preachers were unable to satisfy the spiritual questions of common man
3. Emergence of unhealthy traditions and growth of sacrifices and rituals in Vedic religion
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Answer: [D] 1, 2 & 3

•The primary cause for the rise of Jainism and Buddhism was the religious unrest in India in the 6th century B.C.
•The complex rituals and sacrifices advocated in the Later Vedic period were not acceptable to the common people. The sacrificial ceremonies were also found to be too expensive. The superstitious beliefs and mantras confused the people.
•The teachings of Upanishads, an alternative to the system of sacrifices, were highly philosophical in nature and therefore not easily understood by all.
•Therefore, what was needed in the larger interests of the people was a simple, short and intelligible way to salvation for all people. Such religious teaching should also be in a language known to them. This need was fulfilled by the teachings of Buddha and Mahavira

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