Buddhism is a much-practiced religion in India owing to its principles, its teachings, and practices. India is also the birthplace of the Buddhist culture and owing to which there exists widespread Buddhism across the country.
The Buddhist religion has its roots in Bodh Gaya where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment and peace.
Below we list down the best Buddhist temples in India you should visit
The Mahabodhi temple, Bodh Gaya
The birthplace of Buddhism, this is the place where Lord Buddha sat to attain penance and meditating under a Bodhi tree. The temple was built by Emperor Asoka in the 3rd century BC and it rebuilt again in the fifth century again by bricks and other modern equipment. The temple is the most beautiful construction and attracts tourists from all over India and the world.
The Sanchi Stupa, Madhya Pradesh
One of the oldest structures in Madhya Pradesh represents Buddhist architecture and art. It has several relics of the Buddha’s and also beautiful intricate carvings and today it is registered today as a World Heritage site. It is thronged by tourists from India as well as abroad.
Wat Thai Temple
An eminent Buddhist place of monks and people who follow Buddhism, it is situated in Thailand. It also has some of the most stunning architecture and amazing blend of tranquillity amidst nature. It also has a prayer hall and a place for meditation also.
The Shanti Stupa, Ladakh
Another Buddhist architectural marvel situated in the pristine landscape of Ladakh is a must-visit destination. It is a white colored spherical structure and most of it has Japanese architecture inspiration taken from it. It looks the most beautiful when the moonlight falls on them and it shines in the calm night sky. It is also truly a haven for photographers.
The Golden Pagoda, Namsai
Situated in Arunachal Pradesh at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, the temple is spread over 20 acres and has12 domes in the Pagoda. The Kathina festival is the most famous here and is celebrated in November. The Loi Kathrong is the festival which is celebrated with much pomp here and is one of the most beautiful sights to see and observe.
Sarnath Temple Varanasi
One of the famous Buddhist temples in India is the Sarnath temple in Varanasi. There is a long line of pilgrims which come here to offer their prayers to the Buddha. The temple features various stupas and is a birthplace of significant Buddhist philosophies.
The Ramabhar Stupa Kushinagar
A renowned destination place for the Buddhists, it is also a much-visited place the world over. It also has the site marked where Lord Buddha was cremated. It is built on a strong base and is mounted on a circular body which has a pastoral area growing with rice, paddy and sugarcane fields.
After the demise of Buddha, his followers took up the challenge of spreading his teachings to the world and also took part in the construction of the various Buddhist temples all over India, and also abroad.