The Lotus Path is travel guide for all the people interested in visiting the eight important sites associated with the life of Buddha. In the subsequent pages, we will provide you with very well researched information on the eight most revered pilgrimage centers for the Buddhist. The Lotus Path takes you on the tour of the eight destinations are Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Kushinagar, Sankasya, Vaishali and Rajgir and Sravasti. All these destinations have some deep relevance with Lord Buddha right from his birth till his death. On the day before his death Buddha included Lumbini, Bodh Gaya, Sarnath and Kushinagar as the four places he considered to be sacred to his followers.
Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, where he was born in 623 BC. While taking rest in a garden in Lumbini on the way to her parents' home for the childbirth, she started admiring the beauty of the garden. Maya was sitting under a Sal tree when she felt the labor pains and delivered the child in the garden. Lumbini is listed in the World Heritage Site.
The tourist attractions of Lumbini are the Sacred Garden, Maya Devi Temple, Puskani Pond, Ashokan Pillar, Buddha Temple and Lumbini Museum.
Bodhgaya is the site where Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment under a pipal tree after years of search for the truth and knowledge. He attained the supreme enlightenment and became 'The Buddha' or 'the Enlightened One'. Bodhgaya is the most sacred pilgrimage center for Buddhists from all over the world. The Mahabodhi Temple at Bodhgaya is listed in the World Heritage Site.
The tourist attractions of Bodhgaya are the Mahabodhi Temple, Mahabodhi Tree, Shakyamuni Buddha, Vajrasana, Ancient Railing, Lotus Tank, Chankaramana, Animeshlochana and Ratnagar.
Sarnath is an important site of the Buddhist Circuit. Buddha came to Sarnath soon after he attained enlightenment in Bodhgaya. He delivered his first sermon or Maha Dharma Chakra Pravartan (To Set in Motion the Wheel of Law) at the Deer Park in Sarnath. Emperor Ashoka visited Sarnath 234 BC and erected a stupa here. Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD.
The tourist attractions of Sarnath are the Chaukhandi Stupa, Dhamek Stupa, Mulgandha Kuti Vihar, Sarnath Museum, Dharmrajika Stupa, Lion Capital and the excavated ruins of the Saddharmachakra Vihar.
Kushinagar is 51 km from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. Kushinagar is significant because it is the place where Buddha attained the state of Mahaparinirvana or Permanent Bliss at the age of 80. Three great Chinese scholars Fa-Hien, Hiuen Tsang and I-Tsing, who traveled to India, also visited Kushinagar.
The tourist attractions of Kushinagar are the Mahaparinirvana Temple, Nirvana Chaitya, Ramabhar Stupa, Matha Kuar Shrine, Meditation Park, Indo-Japan-Sri Lanka Temple, Wai Thai Temple and the Museum.
Sankasya is 47 km from Farrukhabad in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is believed that Buddha descended at this place along with Brahma and Devraj Indra after giving discourses to his mother in heaven. The place has a temple with the statue of Buddha, Bisari Devi Temple and Ashokan Elephant Pillar.
Vaishali is 36 km from Muzzafarpur in the state of Patna. Lord Buddha often visited this place and preached his last sermon at Kolhua, a nearby place. Emperor Ashoka erected one of his famous lion pillars here in the 3rd century BC commemorate the event.
The tourist attractions of Vaishali are the Kolhua, Vaishali Museum, Raja Vishal Ka Garh, Bawan Pokhar Temple Shanti Stupa, Buddha Stupa 1, Buddha Stupa 2 and Kundalpur.
Rajgir was the capital of the Magadh Mahajanpada when Patliputra was not established. This place is significant because Buddha spent many years in Rajgir and also delivered some important discourses here. Buddha converted Emperor Bimbisar to Buddhism at the Griddhakoota Hill in Rajgir. The teachings of Buddha were written down at Rajgir and it was also the venue for the First Buddhist Council.
The tourist attractions of Rajgir are the Vishwa Shanti Stupa, Venu Vana Monastery, Jwakameavan Gardens, Ajatshatru Fort, Karanda Tank and Somnbhandar Caves.
Sravasti is believed to be founded by the mythological king Sravast. Lord Buddha preached here after he got his enlightenment. Buddha has 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Gardens at Sravasti and has performed some miracles here. After the death of Buddha, this monastery got royal patronage.
The tourist attractions of Sravasti are the Temple No-2, Temple No-3, Ananda Bodhi Tree, Stupa H, Sudatta Stupa, Angulimal Stupa and the Stupa of great Miracle.
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