A trip to Varanasi would not be complete without stopping in Sarnath. Sarnath is where the Buddha first taught the Buddhist dharma.
Buddha taught from a stupa (large round shrines).
Also visiting were numerous colorful school kids (see background). They were excited to practice their English with us and energetically said hello to us as we walked by them.
Offerings left outside the shrine.
Lots of people make the pilgrimage here.
Mulagandha Kuti Vihar temple
Walls tell the story of the start of Buddhism.
After our visit to Sarnath, we stopped to see some artisans and how some textiles are made.
This machine has cards that store the “program” for certain designs.
There is always an opportunity to purchase in India.
Along the way to our next stop we saw these children along the ride.
Queen’s College Benares (Now a Sanskrit University).
We stopped next at the old Queen’s College. Neat astronomy measuring equipment is located in the back of the building.
Bharat Mata Temple
Finally we stopped at the Bharat Mata Temple. In the temple lies a large map of what was once all India territory.
The map represents what was once a very large and vast country but now has shrunken a bit over the years. It was very interesting to see.
I wish I would have had more time in Varanasi. I feel like more time was needed to soak in all the Hindu and Buddhist spiritual energy contained there.
Perhaps some day I will return again.