Saturday, February 4, 2012

Visit to Sarnath

Tuesday 24th January, 2012

From Varanasi it was a short bus ride of 13 kms to Sarnath (now considered an outer suburb) where the Buddha gave his first sermon (turned the wheel of Dhamma), and where the Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna. I enjoyed seeing:
* the deer park (with authentic 2,500 year old deer! just kidding)
* the Dhamekh Stupa (built between 4th to 2nd century BCE)
* the Sarnath Museum (photos not allowed inside) which included the Buddha statue removed from the nearby ruins)
* the Ashokan pillar (broken into four pieces, with the top carved lions missing)