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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Sumda Chun Monastery – Ladakh Monastery Tour – Buddhism in Ladakh- Monument & Stupa in Ladakh

An early Tibetan Buddhist temple and monastery located in Sumda Chun village, a remote part of the Himalayas in Ladakh at a height of 3500 meters built in 12th century. Management of this monastery is under Hemis Monastery, which appoints monks for conducting daily rituals and takes care of all activity of in monastery.

Sumda Chun Monastery is more than a thousand years old monastery containing two large Future Buddha statues and extraordinary painted stucco work. It is one of most significant scenic Tibetan Monasteries still surviving in Ladakh.

This monastery is part of a Gompa situated at Sumda Chun related to Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo, a Tibetan Buddhist Translator and is stated that it is one of three temples founded by him in one night along with Mangyu temple and Alchi monastery. Sumda Chun temple is listed among top 100 endangered sites in World Monument Funds 2006. The valley goes to way of monastery has a lovely mountain stream. Sumda Chun is the starting point of Sumda-Mangyu-Alchi temples and travelers try to complete tour in a single day.

There are conservation programs have been started to preserve architecture, sculptures, paintings and artwork of Sumda Chun Monastery. You can see numerous ornate sculptures and paintings in main hall of monastery.

Ladakh – Land of high passes:  Noted for its distant mountains, natural beauty and culture. There are uncountable monasteries in which some are converted into ruins while others are still running as educational and pilgrimage sightseeing. These monuments are cultural and architectural delight and visited by both Indian as well as foreigner tourists and followers of Buddhism in large number every year.

Some other popular monasteries in Ladakh are is Hemis, Spituk, Thiksey, Alchi, Phyang, Shey and stok.

Times to Visit: May to September. This time duration is soothing for visiting Ladakh. You can take amusement of trekking and hiking in this region while visiting Sumda Chun monastery.

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