Footsteps of the Buddha
Below is an illustrated index of the 4 Footsteps of the Buddha profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.
Mahabodhi TempleBodhgaya, IndiaThis sacred stupa marks the site of the Buddha's enlightenment and is the main destination for Buddhist pilgrims. The temple dates from the 2nd century AD but has been restored over the years.
KushinagarKushinagar, IndiaThe place of the Buddha's passing away, Kushinagar is one of four major Buddhist pilgrimage sites in northern India and Nepal.
LumbiniNepalOne of four major Buddhist pilgrimage sites, Mahadevi Temple in Lumbini marks the site of the Buddha's miraculous birth.
SarnathIndiaLocated just 12 km from the Hindu holy city of Varanasi, Sarnath is the site of the deer park where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma after his enlightenment. It is one of four sites sanctioned by the Buddha himself for pilgrimage.