Of the five great European maritime powers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, France was the fourth to enter the race for commercial communication with India. The fifth power, Spain, never attempted the contest, and Portugal, Holland, and England had reaped considerable benefits from their enterprise before the attention of the French people had been sufficiently attracted to the trade. Nevertheless, though the French were the last to enter upon the venture, their natural genius asserted itself in a manner that speedily brought them to a level with the most securely planted of their European rivals by establishing the French East India Company.
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The Lumbini festival is celebrated in the month of December every year in Nagarjunasagar, Andhra Pradesh to commemorate the religion of Buddhism in the state. During the three-day long festival, several vibrant activities are conducted to highlight and promote Buddhism by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation. Thousands of tourists and pilgrims visit the state to witness the beautifully decorated Buddhist temples during this festival.