Major Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites in India
here are many important sites for Buddhist Pilgrimage in India. Considered important among them are the ones where the Buddha was born, Lumbini, where he attained enlightenment, Bodhgaya, where he first preached Saranath and the place where he died, Kushinagar. The next four important pilgrimage sites are associated with great miracles performed by the Buddha. They are Rajgir, where the Lord tamed a mad elephant, Vaishali, where a monkey offered honey to him, Sravasti, where the Lord took his seat on a thousand petaled lotus and created multiple representations of himself, and Sankasya, where he descended from heaven. Together these 8 holy places are called Atthamahathanani. In this list the later additions are Kapilavastu, the place of his childhood, Kaushambi, the place of several sermons in the 6th and 9th years of enlightenment, Kesariya, the place where the Buddha gave his begging bowl to the people and Nalanda, the place where the history of monastic establishment can be traced back to the days of the Ashoka.