The Top 09 Buddha Temples You Can’t Miss in India
Posted On October 24th, 2022
India is probably the country that has the highest number of temples in the world. There are about 100,000 temples scattered across India and among them there are some really famous and beautiful ones which you can’t miss visiting if you plan on going to India anytime soon. Here are some of the best Buddha temples that you should consider visiting while in India to hire tempo traveller.
Known as one of the most sacred sites for Buddhists, Ellora caves are located near Aurangabad, Maharashtra. Constructed between 5th century CE and 9th century CE, these intricately carved caves boast a magnificent collection of Buddhist art. They were built at a time when Buddhism was gradually getting converted into Hinduism. The intricate carvings are evidence to how Buddhism and Hinduism co-existed during that time
Khajuraho Group of Monuments, Madhya Pradesh
Consisting of temples, sculpture park, archaeological museum and more. The Buddha Temples architecture here is a mix of Hinduism and Jainism. The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as it has been praised for its innovative design and unique artistic expression. For more information on how to visit Khajuraho Group of Monuments, click here .
Mahabodhi Temple, Bihar
The holiest of Hindu shrines, it’s also where Siddhartha is said to have gained enlightenment. The temple was rebuilt during Emperor Ashoka’s reign and has been expanded several times over later periods.
Located near Hassan, Sravanabelagola is home to one of Jainism’s most sacred monuments, a giant statue of Gomateshwara Bahubali. The statue was built by Emperor Chavundaraya. At 100 feet tall and over 1000 years old, it’s one of Asia’s largest monolithic statues and an icon for religious harmony.
Bodh Gaya, Bihar
Known as ‘the place of enlightenment’, Bodh Gaya is one of Buddhism’s holiest pilgrimage sites. It’s where Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment and became known as ‘Buddha.’ The temple complex includes several monasteries housing thousands of monks; every morning at 4 a.m., you can witness a ceremony at ‘Bodhi Tree’, where lamps are lit to mark Buddha’s birthday.
Ellora Caves, Maharashtra
Known as one of the most sacred sites for Buddhists, Ellora caves are located near Aurangabad, Maharashtra. Constructed between 5th century CE and 9th century CE, these intricately carved caves boast a magnificent collection of Buddhist art. They were built at a time when Buddhism was gradually getting converted into Hinduism. The intricate carvings are evidence to how Buddhism and Hinduism co-existed during that time.
Sanchi Stupa Complex, Madhya Pradesh
This Buddhist complex is known for its three stupas, each one different from the other. The Great Stupa of Sanchi is a great archaeological site that comprises remnants from three distinct periods—the Mauryan (4th century BC), Shunga (2nd century BC) and Gupta periods (6th to 7th centuries AD). All of them are dotted with exquisitely carved gateways and railings.
Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
Built by King Narasimhavarman II around 700 CE, Shore Temple is one of India’s greatest architectural marvels. Located at a small town called Mahabalipuram on Tamil Nadu’s southern coast, Shore Temple is built out of granite and rock-cut architecture. This temple was constructed when Pallava kings were at their peak.
Nalanda Mahavihara Ruins, Bihar
According to sources, Nalanda Mahavihara Buddha Temples is one of four great universities that existed in ancient India. It was considered one of world’s great centers of learning and knowledge, with over 10,000 students coming from faraway places like Korea and China. The university is located at Rajgir which is around 11 miles away from Gaya.