pilgrimage india
Pilgrimage India  

For Bookings and enquiries call:
+91- 11 - 47151515

e-mail: uday@del2.vsnl.net.in
utt@del6.vsnl.net.in

World Heritage Sites
Taj Mahal
Konark Sun Temple
Khajuraho Temples
Fatehpur Sikri
Ellora Caves
Bodh Gaya
 
Spiritual Pilgrimage
Spiritual Healing
Yoga
Meditation
 
Tirth Yatra
Amarnath Yatra
Chardham Yatra
Jain Tirth Yatra
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra

Mata Vaishno Devi

 

Pilgrimage in India »» Religion in India»

Buddhism in India

Information on buddhism in India and pilgrimage sites for buddhist faith -providing on-line reservation /booking for visit to Buddhist Pilgrim Centers in India on discounted rates, air/rail ticketing, car/ taxi / coach hire for Buddhist Tours, package tour to Buddhist Pilgrim Sites and Hotel Booking in the buddhist travel circuit.

Click Here to Visit Buddhist Pigrimage sites in India

Buddhist Wheel of Life Symbol in Bodh Gaya IndiaSiddhartha Gautama was the historical founder of Buddhism. Siddhartha Gautama was born as a Kshatriya prince in ancient India. (ca. 563-483 B.C.). After asceticism and meditation, Siddhartha Gautama discovered the Buddhist Middle Way—a path of moderation away from the extremes of self-indulgence and self-mortification. Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment sitting under a pipal tree, now known as the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya. Thus began Buddhism, one of the world's great religions and pilgrimage traditions.

There are four sacred Buddhist pilgrimage centers, first of these is the birthplace of Buddha at Lumbinivana, east of Kapilavastu. The second most sacred place of pilgrimage is Bodh Gaya where he attained enlightenment. The third most sacred pilgrimage center for Buddhists is Sarnath or Isipatan where Buddha delivered his first sermon, and the fourth is Kushinara or Khushinagar in Uttar Pradesh, where he finally gave up his mortal self.

Buddhist Councils

In most Buddhist traditions, two early councils on doctrine and practice, the first, which most modern scholars do not accept as historical, was reputedly held at Rajagrha (modern Rajgir), India, during the first rainy season after the Buddha's death, to compile his remembered words, including the sutras and monastic rules. The second, which is accepted as historical, met more than a century later at Vaisali, India, to resolve disputes within the monastic community. Theravada Buddhism recognizes subsequent councils: a third, called by Ashoka c. AD 247, at which the doctrinal disputes were resolved in its favor, and others continuing up to the mid-20th century. Other Buddhist traditions recognize other important councils at which their respective canons were established or edited.

Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites in India:

There are between four and sixteen principal Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India.

LUMBINI: One of the most important place of Buddhist pilgrimage is Lumbini, located near the Nepal-India border. This is where Gautam Buddha was born. Although largely destroyed now, these remain important marks of the Buddha's birthplace.

BODHGAYA: The Buddha attained enlightenment at the age of 29 in the town of Bodhgaya in India. After settling under a tree, the Buddha made the resolve not to move until he had achieved enlightenment. After three days and nights of profound meditation this goal was realised. The bodhi tree under which the Buddha sat has been destroyed both intentionally and naturally many times since this time of enlightenment. It has continued to re sprout and is visible today.

The Mahabodhi Temple marks Bodhgaya. The origins of the Temple are unclear. Some claim the Temple could have been built as early as the third century by Ashoka, others claim the Temple was built between the fifth and seventh centuries. A thriving Monastic Order continues in the area today, with three monasteries catering for locals and foreigners alike.

SARNATH: At Sarnath in the Ganges Valley of India, the Buddha proclaimed the law of faith. It was here that he taught the keys aspects of Buddhism: the four noble truths, the eightfold path and the middle way philosophy. The Buddha encouraged followers to avoid extremes of austerity or pleasure. The remains of monasteries dating from the third century B.C.E. to the first century C.E. indicate a thriving monastic community.

SHRAVASTI: Another of the most commonly visited places of Buddhist pilgrimage, it is here that the Buddha is said to have performed great miracles. One story tells of how on throwing down the seed of a mango, a great mango tree instantly arose. Another story tells of how the Buddha stood in the air, the lower part of his body engulfed in flames, with five hundred jets of water streaming from the top of his body.

SANKASHAYA: In Sankashaya the Buddha descended from the Tushita Heaven. It is said that during the forty-first year of the Buddha's life, he went to the Tushita Heaven to teach Dharma to his mother, who had died shortly after the Buddha's death. Ashoka later built a Temple on the site. Today, little of the site's glory remains. This is the only important place of Buddhist pilgrimage where no temples, or monasteries exist today.

Nalanda University BiharNALANDA: Nalanda is important both because it was blessed with the presence of the Buddha, and because of the famous monastic university developed there. This university also named Nalanda (meaning 'insatiable in giving') played a central role in the development of Buddhism in India.

RAJGIR: Rajgir is another place in the Ganges Valley where the Buddha walked and preached. Perhaps the most important event of the Buddha's visits to Rajgir was the conversion of two future disciples, Sariputra and Maudgalyayana. While Sariputra was credited with greater intelligence, Maudgalyayana wielded a greater power for miracles.

OTHER PLACES: Other commemorative monuments to the spread in Buddhism in India include Sanchi, Bharhut, Amaravati, and Nagarjunakonda where great Buddhist stupas and Buddhist university sites remain. India also boosts the famous Buddhist Cave Temples, Ajanta, Ellora, Kanheri and Karli located in western India.

The places of birth and enlightenment are perhaps the two most important sites of pilgrimage for Buddhists in the world today. These are accompanied by a number of other sites marking the spread of Buddhism throughout the Indian sub-continent.

Important Buddhist Pilgrimage Places»

Bodhgaya
Dharamsala
Lumbini (Nepal)
Kushinagar
Nalanda
Rajgir
Sarnath
Sankashya
Sravasti
Buddhist Tours India
Hotel Reservation in Buddhist Sites
Car/Coach Rentals for Buddhist Tours in India
WRITE TO US
NAME:
COUNTRY
E-MAIL

TRAVEL/BOOKING QUERY-
Our Travel Network
www.udaytour.com
www.indiagolftours.com
www.indigolfcourses.com
www.indiafarmtours.com
goahotelsandbeachresorts.com
indiawildlifetourpackages.com
indiaagritours.com
medicaltreatmentindia.com
hillstationholidays.com

For further information on Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites or to receive a quotation for your custom built programme please contact us.

Home | About Us | Contact Us | Sitemap | Spiritual Pilgrimage | India Pilgrimage Tours

Hindu Pilgrim Centers | Buddhist Pilgrim Centers | Jain Pilgrim Centers | Christianity in India | Sikh Pilgrim Centers | Muslim Pilgrim Centers

Important Hindu Pilgrimage Centers: Allahabad | Amarnath | Ayodhya | Badrinath | Bhubaneswar | Chidambaram | Dwarka | Gangotri | Ganapatipule | Haridwar | Kanchipuram | Kangra | Kanyakumari | Kedarnath | Konark | Madurai | Mahabalipuram | Mathura | Puri | Pushkar | Puttaparthi | Rameshwaram | Rishikesh | Shirdi Sai Baba | Somnath | Thanjavur | Tirupati | Vaishno Devi | Varanasi | Vrindavan | Yamunotri |
Important Buddhist Pilgrimage Centers: Lumbini | Bodhgaya | Sarnath | Rajgir | Sravasti | Sankashya | Nalanda | Kushinagar | Dharamsala
Important Jain Pilgrimage Centers: Palitana | Dilwara Temple | Ranakpur | Khandagiri | Sravanabelagola | Udaygiri |
Important Sikh Pilgrimage Centers: Anandpur Sahib | Gurudwara Bangla Sahib | Golden Temple | Hemkund Sahib | Paonta Sahib | Sri Patna Sahib | Sri Hazur Sahib | Manikaran
Important Muslim Pilgrimage Centers: Ajmer Sharif | Jama Masjid | Haji Ali | Fatehpur Sikri

© Copyright all rights  reserved Uday Tours and Travel Pvt. Ltd.

Website Designer Createsoftsolutions.com