Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India

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In religion and spirituality, a pilgrimage is a long journey or search of great moral significance. Sometimes, it is a journey to a sacred place or to a shrine of importance to a person's beliefs and faith. Members of every major religion participate in pilgrimages. A person who makes such a journey is called a pilgrim.

There are number of historical Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India.

Places associated with the life of Buddha[edit]

Primary sites[edit]

Buddhism offers four major sites of pilgrimage: the Buddha's birthplace at Lumbini, the site where he attained Enlightenment Bodh Gaya, where he first preached at Benaras, and where he achieved Parinirvana at Kusinagara. These are three of the four holiest sites in Buddhism; the fourth, Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, is now in southern Nepal:

Reclining statue of Buddha at Parinirvana Stupa.

Places visited by Buddha for discourse[edit]

Other prominent historic Buddhist sites by state[edit]

All are the historic ancient sites of learning, and the list includes very few relatively new sites which have been specifically highlighted accordingly. Most of these sites have association with Ashoka and other Buddhist kings.

Andhra Pradesh[edit]

Arunachal Pradesh[edit]

Please see Tibetan Buddhist section below, please do not add those to this list.

Assam[edit]

Bihar[edit]

Chhattisgarh[edit]

Delhi[edit]

Goa[edit]

Gujarat[edit]

Haryana[edit]

Jammu and Kashmir[edit]

Please do not add Tibetan Buddhist sites to this list, add those to the "Tibetan Buddhist section" below.

Jharkhand[edit]

Karnataka[edit]

Kerala[edit]

Madhya Pradesh[edit]

Maharashtra[edit]

  • Ajanta, site of intricate Buddhist cave paintings depicting Buddhism
  • Ellora, site of intricate Buddhist cave paintings
  • Deekshabhoomi, a new 20th century site associated with Bhimrao Ambedkar[8]

Manipur[edit]

Meghalaya[edit]

Mizoram[edit]

Nagaland[edit]

Odisha[edit]

Punjab[edit]

Rajasthan[edit]

Sikkim[edit]

Please see Tibetan Buddhist section below, please do not add those to this list.

Tamilnadu[edit]

Telangana[edit]

Tripura[edit]

Uttar Pradesh[edit]

Uttarakhand[edit]

Tibetan Buddhist sites[edit]

By state[edit]

Sikkim[edit]

Dubdi Monastery[edit]

Dubdi Monastery, occasionally called 'Yuksom Monastery' is a Buddhist monastery of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism near Yuksom, in the Geyzing subdivision of West Sikkim district.[9][10]

Enchey Monastery[edit]

Enchey Monastery is located in Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim in the Northeastern Indian state. It belongs to the Nyingma order of Vajrayana Buddhism.

Pemayangtse Monastery[edit]

Pemayangtse Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in Pemayangtse, near Pelling in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim, located 140 kilometres (87 mi) west of Gangtok.[11]

Ralang Monastery[edit]

Ralang Monastery is a Buddhist monastery of the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism in southern Sikkim, northeastern India. It is located six kilometres from Ravangla.[12]

Rumtek Monastery[edit]

Rumtek Monastery also called the "Dharmachakra Centre", is a gompa located in the Indian state of Sikkim near the capital Gangtok. It is a focal point for the sectarian tensions within the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism that characterize the Karmapa controversy.

Tashiding Monastery[edit]

Tashiding Monastery is a Buddhist monastery of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism in Western Sikkim, northeastern India. It is located on top of the hill rising between the Rathong chu and the Rangeet River.

Tawang Monastery[edit]

Tawang Monastery in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh is the largest monastery in India and second largest in the world after the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.

Zang Dhok Palri Phodang[edit]

Zang Dhok Palri Phodang is a Buddhist monastery in Kalimpong in West Bengal, India. The monastery is located atop Durpin Hill, one of the two hills of the town. It was consecrated in 1976 by the visiting Dalai Lama.

Gallery[edit]

Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim, India.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dhamma patthana, dhamma.org.
  2. ^ Aastha Pugdal Pagoda at Kumaspur (Kamas Nigam in Sonepat, SDBST.
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2012-10-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Top Buddhist Sites In India To Visit".
  5. ^ New Buddha site found in Gujarat
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-06-28. Retrieved 2017-07-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Lat of Feroz Shah
  8. ^ Lelyveld, Joseph (2011). Great soul Mahatma Gandhi and his struggle with India (1st ed.). New York: Alfred A. Knopf. p. 210. ISBN 978-0307595362. Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din.
  9. ^ "Monasteries". sikkiminfo.in. Archived from the original on February 13, 2010. Retrieved November 21, 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Monasteries in Sikkim are of three types". Dubdi Monastery. Sikkim Info. Retrieved 2010-05-05. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Pemayangtse Monastery". Buddhist Tourism. Retrieved November 7, 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Ralang Monastery". Buddhist-temples.com. Retrieved November 21, 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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