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Famous Buddhist PLACES in India

Lumbini Temples

Lumbini is a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Rupandehi District of Nepal. It is the place where, according to Buddhist tradition, Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama in 623 BCE. Gautama, who achieved Enlightenment some time around 588 BCE, became the Gautama Buddha and founded Buddhism. Lumbini is one of many magnets for pilgrimage that sprang up in places pivotal to the life of Gautama Buddha; other notable pilgrimage sites include Kushinagar, Bodh Gaya and Sarnath.

Lumbini has a number of temples, including the Mayadevi Temple and several others which are still under construction. Many monuments, monasteries and a museum — the Lumbini International Research Institute — are also located within the holy site. Also located there is the Puskarini or Holy Pond where the Buddha's mother took the ritual dip prior to his birth and where he, too, had his first bath. At other sites near Lumbini, earlier Buddhas were, according to tradition, born, achieved ultimate Enlightenment and finally relinquished their earthly forms.

Lumbini was granted World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1997.

 

 

 


Bodhgaya Temples

Bodh Gaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Gaya district in the Indian state of Bihar. It is famous as it is the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained Enlightenment (Bodhimandala) under what became known as the Bodhi Tree.

For Buddhists, Bodh Gaya is the most important of the main four pilgrimage sites related to the life of Gautama Buddha, the other three being Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath. In 2002, Mahabodhi Temple, located in Bodh Gaya, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

 


Sarnath Temples

Sarnath Temple is located in the northen Indian state of Uttar Pradesh at a distance of 8 km from Varanasi. Sarnath Temple is the scared place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon to his five disciples, who was preaching the middle path for attaining 'Nirvana'. Realizing such sanctity of the site, the great emperor Ashoka took up the charge to build some of the finest monuments and legacies in the 3rd century B.C here.

 

 


Kushinagar Temples

Kushinagar is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site, where Buddhists believe Gautama Buddha attained Parinirvana after his death. Outside India, it is an International Buddhist Pilgrimage Centre. The followers of the Buddhism, especially from Asian Countries, wish to visit this place at least once in their lifetime.

According to one theory, Kushwati was capital of Kosala Kingdom and according to Ramayana it was built by King Kush, son of Rama, protagonist of the epic Ramayana. While according to Buddhist tradition Kushawati was named prior to the king Kush. The naming of Kushwati is believed to be due to abundance of Kush grass found in this region.

Place to be visit: Parinirvana Stupa, Nirvana Chaitya (Main Stupa), Ramabhar Stupa , Matha Kuar Shrine.

Other major places: Indo-Japan-Srilanka Temple, Wat Thai Temple, Ruins & Brick Structures, Several museums, meditation parks and several other temples based on architecture of various eastern countries.

 

 

 


Kapilvastu

The little village of Piprahwa is a very important Buddhist pilgrimage since Lord Buddha had spent his first twenty-nine years of life in this region. Excavations by archaeological survey of India have revealed the relation of this place to the Kushan period. An excavated stupa bears text that proves the existence of an ancient monastery named Devaputra in this place. Two mounds have also been excavated at only a little distance (1.5 km) from this village which, is considered to be the ruins of King Suddhodhana's palace.

Kapilavastu was the capital of the Shakya kingdom, and Buddha was born to king Shuddhodhana of this clan. He grew up amidst luxury and shunned away from miseries of life. But one day he broke out the luxurious entrapment of his father and set out for a journey to his father's kingdom. The miseries and the care of the people affected spiritual minded Buddha and he decided to find a way out to end these miserable conditions of human life. That led to the birth of one of the world's greatest religions known as Buddhism.

The place is important to visualise the pre meditation, princely days of the Lord who had contributed much to humanity by giving up his own luxury and princely status.

 

 

 


Ajanta Caves

AJANTA is world's greatest historical monument recognised by UNESCO located just 55kms from Jalgaon city and 105kms from Aurangabad City of Maharashtra, India. There are 30 caves in Ajanta of which 9, 10, 19, 26 and 29 are chaitya-grihas and the rest are monasteries. These caves were discovered in AD 1819 and were built up in the earlier 2nd century BC-AD. Most of the paintings in Ajanta are right from 2nd century BC-AD and some of them about the fifth century AD and continued for the next two centuries. All paintings shows heavy religious influence and centre around Buddha, Bodhisattvas, incidents from the life of Buddha and the Jatakas. The paintings are executed on a ground of mud-plaster in the tempera technique.

Conjures before one's vision, a dream of beauty- of caves, hidden in the midst of a lonely glen with a streamlet flowing down below, caves that were scooped out into the heart of the rock so that the pious Buddhist monk, out on mission to spread the tenets of Buddhism could dwell and pray, caves that the followers of Lord Buddha, embellished with architectural details with a skilful command of the hammer over the chisel, with sculpture of highest craftsmanship and above all, with the paintings of infinite charm.

 

 

 


Nalanda

Nalanda was an acclaimed Mahavihara, a large Buddhist monastery in ancient Magadha (modern-day Bihar), India. The site is located about 95 kilometres southeast of Patna near the town of Bihar Sharif, and was a centre of learning from the fifth century CE to c. 1200 CE. Historians often characterize Nalanda as a university. It the oldest university in the world which "had been providing higher education to thousands of students from Asian countries for more than six hundred years... by the time the first European university was established in Bologna in 1088.

Nalanda flourished under the patronage of the Gupta Empire as well as under emperor Harsha and later still, under the rulers of the Pala Empire. At its peak, the school attracted scholars and students from as far away as Tibet, China, Korea, and Central Asia. It was very likely ransacked and destroyed by an army of the Muslim Mamluk Dynasty under Bakhtiyar Khilji in c. 1200 CE.

 

 

 


Ellora Caves

The Ellora Caves are an impressive complex of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cave temples built between the 6th and 10th centuries AD near the ancient Indian village of Ellora. The caves have a slightly less dramatic setting than those at Ajanta, but more exquisite sculptures. Ellora is a World Heritage Site and the most visited ancient monument in Maharashtra State.

The caves at Ellora were carved out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills between the 6th and 10th centuries. The carving work began around 550 AD, about the same time the Ajanta Caves (100km northeast) were abandoned.

The Ellora Caves were built at time when Buddhism was declining in India and Hinduism was beginning to reassert itself. The Brahmanical movement was especially powerful under the patronage of the Chalukya and Rashtrakuta kings, who oversaw most of the work at Ellora - including the magnificent Kailasa Temple built in the 700s.

 

 

 

Sanchi

Sanchi is a small village in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh known for Stupas and other Buddhist monuments such as monasteries, pillars and holy shrines. Sanchi is situated 46 km from Bhopal. The stupas of Sanchi were built by Emporer Ashoka in the 3rd century BC. The Great Stupa is considered to be the oldest stone structure of India and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The glory of Sanchi can be experienced through the Stupas and the rich carvings on its facade. The name Sanchi originates from the Pali word ‘sanch’ which means ‘to measure’. Known as Vidishagiri earlier, Sanchi was a centre of wealthy merchants and a busy trading point. The stupas at Sanchi were built on the orders of Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC. Over the years, the merchants of Vidisaha, a nearby town, donated a lot of money to build and sustain the Buddhist monuments. However, during the Sunga period, Pusyamitra Sunga destroyed the main stupa which was later rebuilt by his son Agnimitra. The gateways and the banister were built during the Satvahana rule around 70 BC. Using stone slabs, the stupas were expanded to almost double the size of its original. The dome was flattened near the top and three umbrellas placed on top as a symbol of Dharma. In the 12th century AD Sanchi saw the establishment of most of its temples. The monuments of Sanchi slowly went into a state of despair with the decline of Buddhism in India. British General Mark Taylor discovered Sanchi in 1818. Under the guidance of Sir John Marshall restoration of the site commenced in 1912.

 

 


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