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Monday, May 4, 2009

Sarnath - Place of Buddhist Sangha

Sarnath is situated at 13 km away from Varanasi city in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is a deer park where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma (Religion). Actually this is a place where the Buddhist Sangha was founded. It is also known as “Mrigadava” or “Rishipattana” or Isipatana.Mrigadava” means “deer park”.

Information of Sarnath
Buddhism flourished in Sarnath in part because of kings and wealthy merchants based in Varanasi. By the third century, Sarnath had become an important center for the arts. These reached its zenith during the Gupta period (4th to 6th centuries). In the 7th century, by the time Xuan Zang came visiting from China, he found 30 monasteries and 3000 monks living at Sarnath. Sarnath became a major centre of the sammatiya school of Buddhism, one of the Nikaya or Hinayana schools. However, the presence of images of Heruka and Tara indicate that Vajrayana Buddhism is also practice here. At the end of the 12th century, Turkish Muslims sacked Sarnath. The site was subsequent plundered for building materials.

Photo Gallery

Sarnath wallpaper

Sarnath Photo

Monks at Sarnath

Ashoka Pillar at Sarnath

A beautiful Temple of the Tibetan community in Sarnath

A beautiful seen of Sarnath

Statue of Lord Buddha at Sarnath

1 comment:

Aparna A said...

Buddhism flourished in Sarnath in part because of kings and wealthy merchants based in Varanasi. By the third century, Sarnath had become an important center for the arts.you can visit there through bus and you can book Online Bus Ticket also.

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