Monday, 11 July 2011

All aboard the Indian train to Enlightenment - Buddhist pilgrim railways

The Indian authorities have laid on a special train to take Buddhist pilgrims from the Sri Lanka and all points in between to the major Buddhist pilgramage sites of India.

The pilgrims can see 11 Buddhist sites starting with the paintings and sculptures in Ajanta and Ellora Caves. Other Buddhist pilgrimages are to the massive Stupa at Sanchi; Sravasti, capital of the ancient Kingdom; the birth place of the Buddha in Lumbini, Nepal; the Mahaparinirvana Temple in Kushinagar; Vaishali, where the Buddha gave his last sermon; Buddhist monasteries and temples of Nalanda; Rajgir, where Buddha gave two of his most famous sermons; Bodhi Gaya where the Buddha reached enlightenment; Sarnath – the deer park where he preached his very first sermon; and finally ending at Nagarjunakonda.

We're all pilgrims on the same journey-but some pilgrims have better road maps. - Nelson DeMille

From a large feature wall piece to a small serene stone Buddha for that corner in your garden, it’s all here.

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