A well-spent day at Sarnath: Peaceful environs near Varanasi

A well-spent day at Sarnath: Peaceful environs near Varanasi

By Ashish Arora on August 30, 2011

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Visit to Sarnath Varanasi

It was a pretty cold day when we were roaming near the confluence of river Ganga and Varuna in the holy city of Varanasi. We spent a day in Sarnath. One of the major attractions of the place is a Buddha temple, situated just a stone throw from the first crossing of Sarnath. Huge gardens, various trees and plants, giving elegantly green touch to the campus, suddenly catch your eyes.

Apart from this natural beauty, the artistic beauty of the Buddhist pilgrimage is also amazing. You can observe it just by entering in the campus of this peaceful spot. Buddha’s statue provides a un-felt peace to the mind, body and soul.

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A visit to Sarnath

Here, take a soothing glance of the walls of the temple, painted with various portraits of Buddha and his followers. The stories of whom are frequently told in the Buddhist epics. Close to the temple, resides a zoo housing range of animals and birds for full enjoyment of the tourists.

The aesthetic beauty of the temples lies in the sculptures of Buddha and his four disciples. These statues are sitting at the same place where Buddha gave his maiden sermon. There is a tradition to write your wish on small pieces of clothes looking like flags and fasten it with the strings on the walls of that area.

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A huge dome-shaped Buddha stoop is another spot to where people tell their wishes by moving seven times round of this stoop. Copper strips are fitted on it to protect the stoop from thunder. We wanted to stay there for long. However, we wished to visit there again and moved on to the next destination.

Not only Budhism, Sarnath is pilgrimage site for Jain devotees too as many Jain temples are also situated in the vicinity. Further, our next stop was the popular museum at Sarnath. Here, main attractions of the museum are a number of statues of Buddha, swastika, arms and weapons. Moreover, you find here many daggers, swords and axes along with other antiques of Buddha period.

A well-spent day

The wheeled shaped stone carved as a huge umbrella was the main attraction for us at the museum. Meanwhile, the touch screen computers in every side of the museum tell the technologically advancement of the place. Moreover, they were provide knowledge of every item of the museum, in national and international languages at a single click.

Another Buddha temple in Sarnath is the live presentation of fresco style of painting. You can see here splendid picture of Buddha, depicted on the wall of the temple. Furthermore, the colorful temple is really soothing to the eyes. The beauty of lawn in the campus becomes more eye-catching in the presence of the fountain here.

Nevertheless, Sarnath is always been a fascinating place for tourists, whether they are Indian or foreigner. They come here to see the culture, history and of course Buddhism.

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