BUDDHIST MAP IN INDIA
The Eight Buddhist Destinations In India
In the later commentarial tradition, four other sites are also raised to a special status because Buddha had performed a certain miracle there. These four places, partly through the inclusion in this list of commentarial origin, became important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in ancient India, as the Attha-mahathanani ( Pali for 'The Eight Great Places'). It is important to note, however, that some of these events do not occur in the Tipitaka and are thus purely commentarial.
The first four of the Eight Great Places are identical to the places mentioned by the Buddha:
- Bodh Gaya
The last four are also Budhhist destinations in India where a certain miraculous event is reported to have occurred:
- Sravasti: Place of the Twin Miracle, showing his supernatural abilities in performance of miracles. Sravasti is also the place where Buddha spent the largest amount of time, being a major city in ancient India.
- Rajgir : Place of the subduing of Nalagiri, the angry elephant, through friendliness. Rajgir was another major city of ancient India.
- Sankasia : Place of the descending to earth from Tusita heaven (after a stay of 3 months teaching his mother the Abhidhamma).
- Vaishali : Place of receiving an offering of honey from a monkey. Vaishali was the capital of the Vajjian Republic of ancient India.
Some other pilgrimage places in India and Nepal connected to the life of Gautama Buddha are: Pataliputra, Nalanda, Vikramshila, Gaya,Kapilavastu, Kosambi, Amaravati,NagarjunaKonda,
Sanchi, Varanasi, Kesariya, Devadaha, Pava and Mathura,Mandaver(Bijnor U.P),Hapur(Ghaziabad U.P). Most of these places are located in the Gangetic plain.