Buddhist Tour

IN THE STEPS OF BUDDHA
visiting Sarnath, Rajgir, Bodh Gaya and Lumbini


This is a special package designed by the Rio Travels for the Buddhist pilgrims who wants to visit the sacred places Lord Buddha came across his life. Most important places of pilgrimage in Buddhism are located in the Gangetic plains of Northern India and Southern Nepal in between New Delhi and including Sarnath, Rajgir, Bodh Gaya and Lumbini where Gautama Buddha born lived and taught. Gautama Buddha identified three of those locations as the most worthy of pilgrimage producing a spiritual urgency for his followers. Rio Travels gives you the flexibility of making any alterations to this package to match your personal requirements.

SARNATH

Sarnath is a park located in the Uttar Pradesh of India 13 kilometers north east of Varanasi, known as Kaashi. Sarnath is also widely called as Mrigadava, Migadāya, Rishipattana and Isipatana. Gautama Buddha was first taught Dharma in this deer park and also the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna in Sarnath.

It is believed that Lord Buddha went from Bodh Gaya to Sarnath five weeks after his enlightenment. He went there as he wanted his five former companions to understand the Dharma quickly using his spiritual powers and them to become enlightened. The Sangha, the community of the enlightened ones was formed in Sarnath with Lord Buddha and his companions.

RAJGIR

A city in the Nalanda district of Bihar state in India, Rajgir is where Gautama Buddha spent several months on meditation and preaching at Griddhkuta. Buddha’s well known sermons were delivered during the period he was in Rajgir. Also he converted a large number of people to his religion, Buddhism including the King Bimbisara of Magadha.

The First Buddhist Council was held in Rajgir in the cave of Saptparni under the leadership of Maha Kassapa. This cave is the source of the Rajgir Hot Water Springs which are sacred for Buddhists, Hindus and Jains and also known for the possession of curative properties. Gridhakuta/Vulture’s Peak, Venuvana, Jivakarama and Tapodarama are some other ancient Buddhist monasteries located in the Rajgir.


BODH GAYA

Bodh Gaya is located in the Gaya district of the Bihar state in India. It is believed that Gautama Buddha attained his enlightenment here under a tree and over time the place became Bodh Gaya, the tree as Bodhi tree and the day of enlightenment as Buddha Purnima. Disciples of Gautama Buddha started to visit this place of enlightenment during the full moon in the month of Vaisakh, which is currently followed by Buddhists around the world.

250 years after the enlightenment of Lord Buddha Emperor Asoka visited Bodh Gaya, who is considered to be the founder of the original Maha Bodhi temple, which consisted of an elongated spire crowned by a miniature stupa and chhatravali on a platform. The Maha Bodhi temple was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002.

LUMBINI

Lumbini is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Kapilavastu district of Nepal along the India-Nepal border. This is a well known city as Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama who was later known as Gautama Buddha. It is believed that Lord Buddha lived in the foothills of Himalaya till the age of 29. In the time of Lord Buddha Lumbini was a park situated between Kapilavatthu and Devadaha. There are number of temples in Lumbini remarking the Lord Buddha and his heritage including the well known Mayadevi temple. Apart from temples there are the remains of Kapilavastu Palace as well as the Puskarini or Holy Pond where Queen Mayadevi took the ritual dip prior to Lord Buddha’s birth and where he too had his first bath.

 

 





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