Sarnath is one of the four sacred places associated with Buddha Sakyamuni. Here in the Deer Park Buddha around 530 BC I read his first sermon in which he formulated the Four Noble Truths. Sarnath is the place of pilgrimage for Buddhists all over the world.

The town is located about thirty kilometers from Varanasi, and the traveler is not too difficult to get here from the most sacred Hindu city. The main attractions of Sarnath are Dhamekh Stupa and the Bodhi tree, which was transplanted in 1893 from wood in Anaradhapure in Sri Lanka, which also has been cultivated from the Bodhi tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment.

Right next to the ruins of Sarnath is a small archaeological museum, which is not the impression made on me. Currently, Sarnath is in ruins, which left behind the Muslim Turks. Most surviving structure is a stupa Dhamek.

Sarnath travel photos

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Bodhi tree, grown from the germ of the sacred tree, taken in Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka in 1893.

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A pilgrim from Nepal, the right of it the Bodhi tree.

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Monument Anagarika Dharmapala. Anagarika Dharmapala (1864-1933 g) is the ideologist and organizer of the revival of Buddhism in India. thanks to his efforts in Sarnath Buddhist center was reconstructed and built a monastery complex with a magnificent temple.

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Alley leading to the stupa Dhamek.

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Dhamek Stupa was built in the sixth century BC It has a height of 40 meters and a diameter of 28 meters.

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Buddhist monk praying at the stupa Dhamek.

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Dhamek Stupa is one of those places where the Buddha gave his first sermon.

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Buddhist monk.

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Dhamek Stupa at Sarnath ruins background.

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The base of the stupa adorned with bas-reliefs.

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The stupa Dhamek 8 vaulted niches, it is assumed that, initially, they were placed the figure of the Buddha.

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Buddhist pilgrims near the stupa Dhamek.

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Buddhist pilgrims perform their rituals around the stupa strictly in a clockwise direction. In this kind of sing the melody, which is similar to the otherworldly music.

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Jain Temple.

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Jain temple and stupa at Dhamek background Sarnath ruins.

 
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