Sunday, January 4, 2009


Sarnath is located 13 kilometres north-east of Varanasi, in
Uttar Pradesh.

Ashoka built the Sarnath pillar to commemorate the site of
the first preaching of Lord Buddha, where he taught the
Dharma to five monks.

After attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya the Buddha
went to Sarnath; and it was here that he preached his first
discourse in the deer park to set in motion the `Wheel of the

A Monastic tradition flourished for over 1,500 years on the site of the deer park at Sarnath.

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