Buddhism in India: A Step Closer
Buddhism, the perpetuator of peace, moderation and tolerance, is one of the predominant religions of India and has significantly, enriched the country, culturally and morally. Tourists from all parts of the world and all walks of life are gravitated towards Buddhism, in the quest for peace and purpose of life. India is coloured with Buddhist temples, monuments, and heritage sites. The enchanting culture of the Buddhist religion can be best experienced by visiting some of the following, parts of the country, that hold utmost significance for Buddhism.
The Ajanta Caves
A conglomeration of beautifully cut rock, depicting Buddhist tales from the Jataka series, the Ajanta caves are a sight to behold. Built between the 2nd century BCE and 650 CE, the Ajanta caves are one of the UNESCO world heritage sites and a must on every travellers list.
A quaint little town, where Gautam Buddha, the perpetrator of Buddhism in India, is said to have born, Bodhgaya holds utmost importance in Buddhism. Among the hoards of spots to see in the city, the Bodhi tree, under which Buddha attained enlightenment, and the MahaBodhi Temple, are not to be missed.
The MahaBodhi temple houses a 150 foot tower, with a colossal image of Buddha, gilded into it.
The town of Sanchi is best known for the Sanchi Stupa. A Stupa is a dome shaped Buddhist temple and the Sanchi Stupa stands at the second position in the world, with regards to its size and architectural complexity. Apart from being a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Sanchi Stupa is also famous as it was built by the wife of Emperor Ashoka, an important patron of Buddhism in India.
The search for the essence of Buddhism ends with the search for self. Buddhism urges its followers to search within themselves, for their inner Buddha, who resides in each one of us.