Buddhist Temples Monuments – Buddhism &Pilgrimage Sites India – Significance of Buddhist Temples

India is adorned with many number of Buddhist temple, monasteries, stupa and monuments including ancient rock temple, caves, carved and stupas which representing great Buddhism- a admired religion founded by Lord Gautama Buddha.

Amaravati Stupa: It is ruined Buddhist monument regarded as great stupa and is established in Amaravathi village of Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh. Temples complex have an Archaeological Museum containing Buddhist sculptures.

Bharhut Stupa: Located in a village of Satna district of Madhya Pradesh. The inscriptions written at Bharhut stupa are significant and representing earliest Indian and Buddhist art.

Dhauli Hill: A hill station situated on banks of the river Daya in Odisha. There are numerous rock cut temples. Dhauli is a significant centre of Buddhist activities has numerous chaityas, stupas and pillars. You can see a dazzling white peace pagoda on the top of the hill built by Japan Buddha Sangha and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha.

Hirapur Temple: Known as Chausathi Jogini Mandir situated in a hamlet called Hirapur in Bhubaneswar-capital city of eastern state Odisha. This temple is built by Queen Hiradevi of Bramha dynasty. Circular wall of temple has cavities in which each housing statue of a Goddess.

Itanagar Temple: A Buddhist temple located atop of hill-side in Arunachal Pradesh. It is representing Tibetan Buddhism. You can see a stupa in front of temple containing portrait of a Buddhist monk. Temple complex has a tree planted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Itanagar – capital city of the Arunachal Pradesh is termed as land of the dawn lit mountains.

Langudi: There are an ancient Buddhist mahavihara situated on the top of Langudi Hills in Jajpur, Odisha. Temple complex has ruins of stupas and rock-cut sculptures. In ancient time it is Buddhist learning centre. Explore series of 34 rock-cut Buddhist stupas and medieval Buddhist monuments.

Maha Bodhi Temple: Regarded as Mahabodhi Vihar or Great Awakening Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Bodh Gaya, where Gautama Buddha got enlightenment under a Bodhi tree. Bodhgaya is counted top four pilgrimage sites in Buddhism.

Ratnagiri Temple: A ancient temple situated in Thirumanikundram,Vellore built during 14th century and is established on a hill-top. According to a poem written by 14th Century poet Arunagirinathar Murugan- the God of Devas lives in Rathinagiri. Temple is visited by many number of devotees every day.

Sanchi Stupa: A Buddhist complex located on a hilltop at in Sanchi Town Madhya Pradesh. It is an oldest stone structure in India built by King Ashoka in 3rd century BCE. Its nucleus was a hemispherical brick structure built over the relics of the Buddha. Sanchi is centre of pilgrimage shrines including Satdhara, Morel Khurd, Andher, Mawas, Sonari.

Sirpur Temple: Sirpur is a historical town located on banks of river Mahanadi in Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh. It was an significant Buddhist centre during 6th to 10th century A.D. and was visited by 7th Century renowned Chinese Pilgrimist and Scholar Hieun Tsang. Sirpur is famous for its pilgrimage site having followers of Jainism, Buddhism and Hinduism. It housing to His Holiness Dalai Lama in March 2013.

Udaigiri Temple Tour: Udayagiri forms a Buddhist Triangle with Ratnagiri and Lalitagiri in India. Udaigiri is situated in Orissa and have one of largest Buddhist complex. This city is famous for a monastery named as Madhavapura Mahavihara- adorned with a lots of Buddhist sculptures. Udayagiri is counted among topmost Buddhist destinations in India.

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Swoyambhunath – Swayambhu Stupa – Nepal Himlayan Kingdom – Monkey Temple – Kathmandu Valley

Swoyambhunath or Swayambhu: Ancient pilgrimage architecture situated at the top a hill in the Kathmandu Valley. This stupa is known as Sublime Trees in Tibetan language because of founding of various types of trees on hill.

Swayambhu is counted among topmost sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Temple complex of Swayambhunath comprises of numerous stupa, shrines and temples. Stupa has painted eyes and eyebrows of Lord Buddha upon it. Most of the images and symbols of stupa is related to Vajrayana Buddhism.

The stupa has a dome, representing whole world at base on which a cubical structure painted with eyes of Buddha shown up in all four directions. Eyes on stupa symbolize wisdom and compassion. Number one painted in Devanagari script in fashion of a nose is a sign of unity of all things existing in the world and only one path to got enlightenment.

The name of stupa is derived from valley name Swayambhu which means self created. It came from an eternal self existent flame, svyaṃbhu on which stupa was built. According to Swayambhu Purana, whole valley was once filled with an enormous lake, out of which grew a lotus.

Swayambhu is regarded as Monkey Temple because of a lot of holy monkeys living in the northwest side of temple. These monkeys are holy because Manjushri, a bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism was supposed to leave his hair short but he made it grow long and head lice grew and it is stated that head lice transformed into these monkeys.

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Buddhist Tour Nepal – Buddhism in Nepal – Swayambhunath & Bodhnath Temple – Buddhist Sites Nepal

Nepal is known as land of Buddhism because of Lord Buddha in here in Lumbini, southern of Nepal. Nepl provide homage to many renowned stupa, monument and monastery. Nepal is an also a center for Buddhist teachers of Indian and Tibetan. Founder of Buddhsim is Lord Buddha, also known as Siddhartha Gautam and  Shakyamuni Buddha.

The ancient stupas of Swayambhu and Bodhnath are most sacred place of Nepal. Nepal has type of Buddhism traditions as Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana.

The Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism is famous in northern Nepal having over 3000 monasteries.  Newar Vajrayana Buddhism is a widespread in Kathmandu Valley.  Most of the Theravada monasteries are situated in Kathmandu Valley.

The Great Stupa of Svayambhunath means self created and self-existent Buddha and is situated on at a hill to the west of Kathmandu. This stups described the story of fundamental Buddha’s enlightenment and the spread of Buddhism in Nepal. It is ponder as powerful shrine in the Himalayas.

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