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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 Temple
    Bodhgaya, India
    This 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.
  • Kushinagar
    Kushinagar, India
    The place of the Buddha's passing away, Kushinagar is one of four major Buddhist pilgrimage sites in northern India and Nepal.
  • Lumbini
    Nepal
    One of four major Buddhist pilgrimage sites, Mahadevi Temple in Lumbini marks the site of the Buddha's miraculous birth.
  • Sarnath
    India
    Located 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.