is more famous for the Ashokan structures than as a pilgrimage, but in fact
the place is one of the most revered pilgrimages in Buddhism. This pace had
seen Lord Buddha deliver his sermons for the first time after attaining
enlightenment. Not far from Varanasi, a revered Hindu pilgrimage, the place
is highly preached for a religious and spiritual learning.
The stupas, chaityas and other religious structures give the place a deep
mythological look, which touches the inner soul of every tourist. The
devotees could easily relate to the ancient situation while Buddha might
have been preaching in this pristine location called Sarnath.
This Sarnath village, earlier known as Mrigadava, Rishipattna and
Ishipatna, is just at a distance of 12-km from Varanasi in Bihar.
Dhamekha stupa :
This stupa: The stupa is a commemorative structure where the first sermon
by Lord Buddha was delivered. Thereby the stupa is considered sacred and is
worshiped by the pilgrims. It is believed that Ashoka constructed the
original stupa. It is believed that the first sermon was on the wheel of
law, which told that the time never stops, and when one visits the place the
truth of the preaching is understood easily.
This was raised by the Mughal emperor Akbar, in 1555 AD and marks the place
where Buddha preached his first five disciples about the Dharma. There stand
an Ashokan pillar proving the visit of Ashoka to this place.
Buddhist temples :
The Mulagandhakuti Vihara is a newly built Buddhist temples in and around
the place that makes the place more attractive and sought after by the
pilgrims. The temple houses some of the finest mural paintings depicting the
life of Buddha. Besides, the collection of Buddhist literature is also quite
rich and exotic, especially for the religious book lovers.
The Buddha Purnima festival is the main attraction of Sarnath when the
Birth, Death and enlightenment is observed amidst many fanfares. The place
altogether gets a new look and the ambience too do changes into a more
pristine and sacred one, due to the enchanting mantras, colorful decorations
and the other interesting rituals that are specific to Buddhism.
To reach Sarnath Varanasi is the best place to look for, with an airport
and a railway station, this city is also very attractive due to its Hindu
touch. Besides, sarnath is reachable by Road.