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Why did Buddhism start declining in India in the early medieval times ? 
1. Buddha was by that time considered as one of the incarnations of Vishnu and thus became a part of Vaishnavism.
2. Invading tribes from Central Asia till the time of last Gupta king adopted Hinduism and persecuted Buddhists.

3. Kings of Gupta dynasty were strongly opposed to Buddhism. Which of the statements given above is/are correct ?
(a) 1 only 

(b) 1 and 3 only 

(c) 2 and 3 only 

(d) 1, 2 and 3

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(a) Buddha was considered 9th incarnation of Vishnu. No tribe from Central Asia persecuted Buddhists. Gupta dynasty did not oppose Buddhism. However, they did not give them patronage.

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