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Home   »  Buddhist Pilgrimage In India

buddhist pilgrimage in india

There are between four and sixteen principal Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world, with the most important located primarily in the Ganges Valley of India. The four most sacred places of Buddhist religion are - Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Lumbini and Kushinagar, of which three (Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Kushinagar) are located in India and Lumbini (the birth place of Lord Buddha) is located in Nepal.

Bodhgaya is famous Buddhist pilgrimage for this is the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. The Mahabodhi Temple and the Bodhi tree, under which Lord Buddha gained Nirvana (enlightenment) are the major attractions of this place. At Sarnath (another Buddhist Pilgrimage), in the Ganges Valley of India, the Buddha proclaimed the law of faith. It was here that he taught the key aspects of Buddhism: the four noble truths, the eightfold path and the middle way philosophy. Kushinagar is the place where Lord Buddha attained his Panirvana). Other important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India are, Shravasti, Sankashaya, Nalanda, Rajgir, Sariputra and Maudgalyayana, Sanchi, Bharhut, Amaravati, and Nagarjunakond.In addition, you will also find Buddhist monasteries and gompas at Leh-Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh (Dharamshala), Sikkim and northeast India.


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