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Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India

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In religion and spirituality, a pilgrimage is a long journey or search of great moral significance. Sometimes, it is a journey to a sacred place or shrine of importance to a person's beliefs and faith. Members of every major religion participate in pilgrimages. A person who makes such a journey is called a pilgrim. Buddhism offers four major sites of pilgrimage: the Buddha's birthplace at Kapilavastu, the site where he attained Enlightenment Bodh Gaya, where he first preached at Benaras, and where he achieved Parinirvana at Kusinagara.

Some Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India are listed below:

These are three of the four holiest sites in Buddhism. The fourth, Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, is now in southern Nepal.

The name of Bihar is derived from vihara, meaning monastery, such was the association of the area with Buddhism. In addition to these sites which were visited by the Buddha, other sites in India have become notable

There are a proliferation of Tibetan Buddhist sites in northern India, in the Himalayan foothills

Further sites:

  • Bojjannakonda, Andhra Pradesh
  • Bhattiprolu, Andhra Pradesh
  • Bagh Caves, Madhya Pradesh
  • Chandavaram, Andhra Pradesh
  • Guntupalli, Andhra Pradesh
  • Ghantasala, Andhra Pradesh
  • Harwan, near Srinagar, Kashmir
  • Nelakondapalli, Andhra Pradesh
  • Pavurallakonda, Andhra Pradesh
  • Phanigiri, Andhra Pradesh
  • Panderathan, Kashmir
  • Parihaspura, Jammu and Kashmir
  • Ramatheertham, Andhra Pradesh
  • Vadnagar, Mehsana District, Gujarat

Source

Wikipedia:Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India