Thursday, February 17, 2011

Explore The Buddhist Worship Places In India - Land Of Buddha

Anna was reading about Buddhist circuit Tours In India and she realised that Budhism is a way of life and is based on the beliefs and teachings of Lord Buddha or Sidhartha Gautama, commonly known as the Buddha-a name that stands for  the awakened one in Sanskrit.

She realized that India Tour is famous for Buddhist tour because between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE, Buddha lived and taught in the northeastern Indian subcontinent.  Buddha or Sidhartha Gautam was basically an Indian prince, who was born in approximately 563 BC. He began his spiritual quest fairly young-at the age of 29, and later received enlightenment under the Bodhi tree (‘tree of wisdom’) at Bodh Gaya in the Northern Indian.

As a result the country has lot many places that are a testimony to the Buddhist Places of  Worship. Some of these are: Sravasti that has Jetavana monastery with Buddha’s hut, Lumbini , which is Buddha’s birthplace, Kushinagar –the place where Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana, Patna, Bodhagaya-the place where Buddha attained enlightenment and Varanasi –the place where one can find Buddhist structures.

To begin with Sarnath is almost ten kilometres from Varanasi, which is a holy city of Hindus and is the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermons in the Deer park. It is this place that finds lot of significance in the Buddhism religion.The destination has the outstanding Dharmarajika, Chaukhandi and Dharnek stupas; the remains of a monastery, and the beautiful and awe inspiring Lion Capital of Ashoka. In fact Sarnath contains a rich library and at the Mula gandha Kutir Vihara there are excellent frescoes by Kosetsu Nosu. 

The Sarnath Museum, not far from the site, contains some of the finest specimens of Buddhist sculpture. Over a period of time, Sarnath has developed as a place of pilgrimage, both for Buddhists from India and abroad. Many a countries where Buddhism is a dominating religion, temples and monasteries have been established in Sarnath style. So a visit to Sarnath offers a once in the lifetime opportunity to experience an overview of Buddhist architecture from various cultures.

The second a must-visit place in a Buddhist circuit states Erco Travels agent is Bodhgaya. This is the place where Buddha attained enlightenment. The destination boasts of Mahabodhi Temple Complex. According to Buddhist traditions, the Buddha, reached the sylvan banks of Falgu river wandering as an ascetic. He sat in meditation under a bodhi tree (Ficus religiosa), where after three days and nights of meditation, he attained enlightenment and the answers that he sought.

Another very important place in this circuit is Savatthi, which is located on the banks of the river Rapti. It so happens that the King of this city was a disciple of Buddha. The city still is beautiful and is a place where Buddha spent the greater part of his monastic life. Buddha’s first visit to this place was at the invitation of Anathapindika, whom he met in Rajagaha. As a result the main monasteries are in Sravastiand is a place where most Buddhist love to visit. So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with Erco Travels agent to plan it all!