It was the second day of my stay in Uttar Pradesh and the state had already won my heart with its beautiful architectural monuments and lively climate. On the second day, I and my friends planned to pay a visit to the famous Sarnath temple. Historic places and scenic beauties have always remained as a special point of attraction for me. As this time I was in Uttar Pradesh, I was trying to make sure that I visit maximum number of places here.
The Sarnath temple is believed to be sanctum sanctorum of Lord Buddha where he delivered his first sermons to his five disciples. To reach the temple, we first made a trip via city bus to Varanasi. The temple is at a distance of 8 kilometers from Varanasi. Emperor Ashoka was a great disciple of Lord Buddha, so he is one who built some of the most beautiful monuments here in the third century. Sarnath temple is not just a place for religious offerings, but also an abode of rich collection of sculptures and inscriptions. There is a museum inside the compound of the temple which holds images of Buddha and Bodhisattva. The museum remains open from morning 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the evening. We had a perfect timing and hence we could enjoy the temple to its fullest. Dharmrajika Stupa, Sad dharmachakra Vihar, Lion’s capital are few of the other interesting things found in the temple compound.
Sarnath temple also has a rich history and mysterious stories which makes it more interesting. The temple was sacked by Muslims from Turkey in the 12th century. Later it was attained by Lord Buddha who made the place his dwelling place and spread message of love and compassion to his followers. The Deer Park seen here is known to be the place from where Lord Buddha delivered his sermons.
After a peaceful day in the Buddhist temple, we were filled with satisfaction and joy. Our trip to the Sarnath temple was worthwhile, and I clicked few good stills through my lenses. My photographic stint was well applauded among friends as it helped us capture the finest memories of the temple.