Tallest Statue of Lord Buddha,Sarnath,India

Sarnath  is about 10 kms. from Varanasi also is the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to five of  his companions( Kaundinya, Bashpa, Bhadrika, Mahanaman and Ashvajit ) in 500 B.C. The place has a number of Stupas (hemispherical domes) and monasteries. In the early days of  Buddhism, Stupas were built to honor important events including Gautam’s enlightenment to become Buddha .

The Tallest Statue of Lord Buddha at Sarnath India

The Tallest Statue of Lord Buddha at Sarnath India

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eighty feet tall statue of the Lord Buddha, which is the world’s tallest  statue after the ones demolished in Afganistan’s Bamiyan valley . It took 14 years to construct this statue. The work on the statue was started in 1997 and it was unveiled in 2011. This standing statue of Lord Buddha is located in the premises of  Thai Buddha Vihar in Sarnath also known as  Mrigdayavan Mahavihar Society.. The construction of statue is said to have started as a gesture to protest the destruction of Buddhist statues in many parts of the world.

 

Statue of Lord Buddha at Sarnath

Statue of Lord Buddha at Sarnath

Located in the garden of the Thai Temple in Sarnath, the statue consists of  845 stones blocks  each about two feet wide and three feet high and the head alone is 15 feet tall, There is a beautiful garden around the statue . Built in Gandhar style, the statue is  placed on a Lotus symbolising the spread of religion from India to other parts of the world with the message of love and peace , The octagonal pedestal have engravings depicting four important Buddhist religious places, including Dhammek Stupa, Bodh Gaya and Lumbini . The total cost of construction was contributed by a number of Buddhist and non-Buddhist devotees across the world

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Sarnath, Isipatana, Varanasi

Situated at about 10 kms. from Varanasi ( one of the oldest inhabited city in the world) is Sarnath was also known as Isipatana during the Mauryan Period , here Lord Gautam Buddha gave his first sermon  after he attained the enlightenment                         ( Bodhisattva ) at Bodhgaya , he came here to join five of his former companions ( Kaundinya, Bashpa, Bhadrika, Mahanaman and Ashvajit)  to teach them the Dharma , before reaching Sarnath he had to use his yoga powers to cross the river Ganges as he had nothing to pay for to travel by boat, upon hearing this the Mauryan King Bimbisara abolished the toll for Ascetics .

Dhamek Stupa , Sarnath, Place of first sermon by Lord Buddha

Dhamek Stupa , Sarnath, Place of first sermon by Lord Buddha

 

The first sermon Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta  Lord Buddha gave to  five monks on a Full Moon day of Asalah and spend his first rainy season here , the Sangha after the joining of Yasa and his friends grew to 60 in numbers , Lord Buddha directed them to travel alone in all direction  to spread his teachings .

Remains of aprox.18x18 sq. mtr temple , Lord Buddha meditation site

Remains of aprox.18×18 sq. mtr temple , Lord Buddha meditation site Molgandha Kuti

Several Monks stayed and learned about Buddhism centenaries after Lord Buddha , In second Centenary BC, twelve thousand monks were present under the Chief Monk  Dhammasena at the foundation ceremony of Maha Thupa at Anuradhapur , when Chinese traveler Xuanzang visited he saw  fifteen hundred monks studying the Hinayana at the Vihara where there was life size  statue of Lord Buddha turning the wheel of Law , in third centenary Varanasi was a flourishing rich city where King and merchants were wealthy it was at its peak in sixth and seventh centenary , the Chinese traveler Xuan Zang recorded 30 monasteries and  three thousand monks living at Sarnath .

Sarnath was the major center of learning of  Sammatiya School of Buddhism the early Buddhist School , the Vajrayana Buddhism was practiced  as the images of Tara and Heruka are discovered here , along with Buddhist images the Hindu Gods Lord Shiva and Lord Bhrama are also discovered , there is also a Jain temple near the stupa.

In 12th centenary the Turkish Muslim invaders plundered the buildings , this place was rediscovered by British archaeologist   Alaxander Cunninghum in mid 19th centenary.

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