The place of 'Saranganatha'

Tripoto
8th Mar 2016

The broken Ashoka Pillar

Photo of The place of 'Saranganatha' by Vinod Ponoth

The Dhamekh Stupa

Photo of The place of 'Saranganatha' by Vinod Ponoth
Photo of The place of 'Saranganatha' by Vinod Ponoth
Photo of The place of 'Saranganatha' by Vinod Ponoth
Photo of The place of 'Saranganatha' by Vinod Ponoth
Photo of The place of 'Saranganatha' by Vinod Ponoth
Photo of The place of 'Saranganatha' by Vinod Ponoth

Murals inside the Mulagandhakuti Vihara

Photo of The place of 'Saranganatha' by Vinod Ponoth

Mulagandhakuti Vihara

Photo of The place of 'Saranganatha' by Vinod Ponoth

Inside Japanese Temple

Photo of The place of 'Saranganatha' by Vinod Ponoth

The Sarnath excavated area

Photo of The place of 'Saranganatha' by Vinod Ponoth

The Sarnath excavated area1

Photo of The place of 'Saranganatha' by Vinod Ponoth

Japanese Temple

Photo of The place of 'Saranganatha' by Vinod Ponoth

Reclining Buddha

Photo of The place of 'Saranganatha' by Vinod Ponoth

Sarnath as this place is popularly known as, the word Sarnath is supposedly derived from the word Saranganatha, or Lord of the Deer, from the Buddhist story of how  Bodhisattva who born as a deer offers his life to a king instead of the doe whom the king was planning to kill. The king is so moved that he creates the park as a sanctuary for deer. There is still a deer park here. The Sarnath Archaeological Museum is worth a visit.

Folks visiting Varanasi can take a day out to travel to Sarnath. It is a pretty peaceful place so staying for a day here is also an option to think about....

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