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Pilgrimage

Posted in on 7-20-12

 

Many religions stress the importance of going on pilgrimages or journeys to holy places. In Buddhism, these places are where the Buddha lived and taught, with four places considered the most holy. One is in Nepal and the other three are in India. It is thought the Buddha was born in Nepal in an area called Lumbini, situated in the foothills of the Himalayas.

The Indian pilgrimage sites include Bodh Gaya, where the Buddha attained enlightenment; Sarnath (sometimes called Deer Park), where the Buddha first taught after being enlightened and Kusinara, the town where the Buddha died. All of these places now have many monks and landmarks to help cater to the weary pilgrims. Kunisara now has a handsome temple that houses a reclining golden Buddha