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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Day 11 - Sarnath

Me and a girl I met from Belgium visited  Sarnath, one the four most sacred Buddhist cities.  In Sarnath, the Buddha gave his first sermon.  The most impressive site in Sarnath is the Dhamekh Stupa, built around 500 AD.  Other building in Sarnath were broken down over time in the 18th century to be used for bridges and markets in Varanasi.

The Mulgandhakuti Vihar marks the site where the Buddha mediated during his monsoon retreats at Sarnath.

Many countries have built temples around the site so monks on pilgrimages have a place to stay.

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