Varanasi

Varanasi, popularly known as Benaras and mentioned as 'Kashi' in ancient scriptures, has a glittering historical past. Located on the banks of the holy river Ganges, it is a popular pilgrimage destination. It is believed that a dip in the Ganges holy water washes away one's sins and purifies the soul.

One of the most ancient cities of the world, Varanasi is visited by a large number of tourists every year. With over 800 temples, the city has the highest density of population anywhere in the world and follows a ritualistic life style.

The Ghats of Varanasi are a major attraction for visitors made by different rulers and communities around 18th century. The riverfront of Kashi has 84 Ghats, which are the flights of step on the bank. They form a chain of sacred places.

Enthralled by its mythological legacy and traditions, Mark Twain said “Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, even older than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together.”

Sarnath

Sarnath, near Varanasi is a place sacred to Buddhists. Located 10 kms by road from the Varanasi railway station, Sarnath is a part of the triangular Indian Buddhist pilgrimage circuit for global tourists.

While Bodhgaya is the place where Buddha attained enlightenment, Sarnath is the place from where Buddhism spread worldwide and it is at Kushinagar that Buddha attained Nirvana.

Sarnath is world famous for its historical relics. The Sarnath museum houses some of the greatest treasures of Indian Buddhist art. For over 1500 years,Sarnath was a thrivingcentre of Buddhism. Archaeological excavations here have led to the discovery of numerous ancient artifacts.

The most famous is the remnant of the Ashoka pillar and its lion capital that is today the symbol of the Indian government.

The famous Deer Park, Dhamekh Stupa, and other ruins evoke images of important historical events of Buddha's life. Dhamekh Stupa is the place where Buddha delivered the Turning of the Wheel sermon to his first five disciples.

Chaukhandi Stupa – its significance

The Garden of Spiritual Wisdom in Sarnath, Varanasi is located right behind the Chaukhandi Stupa and appears seamlessly connected with this nationally protected monument.

It also happens to be the first impressive monument as one enters Sarnath. The high octagonal mound is globally famous. Lord Buddha met his first five disciples here after he came from Bodhgaya upon attaining enlightenment.

The tourists often like to go up and down the stupa's octagonal mound and enjoy the views of Sarnath and Benaras from the top. This excursion constitutes a small adventure by itself as there is no definite pathway and one is free to choose the path of ascent.

It is said that Emperor Ashoka built the Chaukhandi Stupa and that some of the remains of Lord Buddha lie buried here.

The Garden of Spiritual Wisdom

The garden is the newest attraction for tourists coming to Sarnath. Many tourists who visit Sarnath have a deep interest in Buddhism.

The garden uses a mix of exhibits and sculptures to convey the essentials of Buddhism. The exhibits convey the essence of Indian spirituality in an easy to understand language illustrated with graphics. The garden is beautifully made and the tourists love the heavenly experience of this sacred site.

With increasing complexity of modern life, knowledge for the purpose of earning a living alone is considered insufficient. The garden seeks to ignite an interest in the visitor to further explore the subject of spirituality.

In the garden is a section for herbal plants that constitute the basis of Ayurveda. Ayurveda teaches harmony with nature, simplicity and contentment as keys to well-being.

It is the five thousand year old Indian traditional natural healing system and is a part of its yogic system.

Today, Ayurveda is at the forefront of mind-body medicine. It has spread far beyond its traditional base and is gaining attention throughout the world.

The display of ayurvedic plants in the garden, collected from different parts of the country offers a glimpse of Ayurveda.

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Visitor’s Comments

  • The design of Noble Eight Fold Path is very attractive.I like to sit here in peace. I am able to internally realize the Buddhist philosophy.

    Dammacharya Uparaj, Pune
    2017-12-02

  • The beauty of the Garden really gives me peace and the feel of heaven.

    Teacher, SB Central School,Varanasi
    2017-10-18

  • Thank you for your work of creating and maintaining all this beauty.It is an OASISof paradise.

    Tania, Belarus
    2017-12-25

  • I visited the Garden as the name "Spiritual Garden" is given, it is truly a spiritual garden. it is very beautiful and its beauty and the four noble truths and other symbolic objects pacified my disturbed mind. I also prayed for a few minutes looking towards the chaukhandi stupa. I personally feel obliged to the person/ organization who constructed this spiritual garden. Thank you. May peace prevail on earth.

    Darwa Shepra, A cross country skier and athlete, Nepal.

  • The Garden is itself a spiritual journey into one's inner self and the beauty is mesmerizing. It is also well kept and maintained. "kudos" to the people who are really behind the existence of this garden.

    Arti Bobd

  • A beautiful sanctuary of wisdom. Thank you.

    Kathy Anderson, Motivational Speaker

  • Bliss in Varanasi. Thank you for sharing. Wonderful a real asset to India and Varanasi.

    Matt Boulder, Colorado, USA

  • Beautiful Garden, Excellent place to meditate, peaceful and insightful. thank you.

    Martin Hewell, Founder, The Zuri Project Uganda( NGO) - UK

  • This is a very special place of peace and tranquility. Lovingly maintained and pleasing on the eye certainly worth a visit.

    Naveen Kumar Sharma, UK

  • Such a lovely, colorful and well designed. Enjoyed very much both the spiritual part and Ayurveda Garden.

    Daniel, USA

  • Lovely and lively, Connecting the mankind with nature. Truly a wisdom park, full with spiritualism.

    Dr. D. R. Singh, Registrar, CUTS, Varanasi

  • Prefect place to get the essentials of Buddha Principles in a very beautiful garden.

    Jun Jacult, Amsterdam

  • Thank you for creating and maintaining this beautiful, calm and peaceful place. It encourages us to also create place in our world.

    Diane Morrison, Kensington, USA

  • The Garden is the closest pictures of heaven as seen on earth, like god sent angels to design and keep this place and it is beautiful thank you so much.

    Fabio Marcovaski, Manus-Amazons, Brazil

  • A peaceful secret garden where we enjoyed sound unheard of within the streets. We have awakened to new plans and aspirations with the intention to give back as India has shared its beauty and wisdom to us.

    Bryn Dawson/Jonathan Harris Brooklyn, New York, USA

  • Wonderful garden. Saw it from the Stupa and decided to take a look and was pleasantly surprised. Loved the signs with the four noble truths eight fold path.

    Stephanie Bridges, Canada

  • Amazing place. So hidden but so peaceful and spiritual vibe!

    Lavanya & Vaiola, Lithuania

  • Lovely scenery and serenity. A good place to relax and connect with oneself. Loved the sculptures.

    Spolar , Slovenia, EU

  • This garden is very beautiful and refreshing. All the plants and rocks contribute much in the sanctity of one's mind. Awesome place.

    Phuntshio

  • Garden is magnificent. It has rare varieties of plants and trees. Sense of aesthetic emotions are manifested in the design of the garden.

    Raj Kumar, India

  • Tranquility after Varanasi's bustle and traffic jams. This is a perfect spot to practice mindfulness and wisdom, spirituality. It is all here, the secret of ayurvedic healing, beautifully maintained gardens, A true oasis of beauty and natural environment.

    Isabel Conway, Ireland

  • It brings serenity, peace and contentment along with getting a chance to introspect and reflect. Being here was a wonderful experience. Thank you for making such a wonderful place. May you be happy and peaceful.

    Padma, Mahek & Bela, India

  • It is an amazing place of spirituality. I really enjoyed the walk through the garden. It directly brings me to another view of my life.

    Josef, Switzerland

  • Such a peaceful heaven for hassled city dwellers. Lovely sculpture and sense of tranquility all around. I am so glad; such a garden of spiritual wisdom exists in Sarnath. It adds so much to the beauty, calmness of this place.

    N.Gandhi & Dr. Padma Singh, India

  • Amazing place. Lives context and teachings about meditation and Buddhism to truly educate all fore-given on how to apply the teaching to our own lives. Thank you!!

    Vinay, USA

  • The most beautiful garden I've visited in India. So glad; I stopped by instead of heading straight back to Varanasi. Thank you.

    Cather We Young, U.K.

  • This is the most beautiful and peaceful place we have visited in India. Buddha's wisdom should be learned by everyone.

    - Yanling Gao & Johannes Meien, Germany

  • Really giving us feeling of spiritualism and the quotation written here are just like feeling energy in soul. Garden symbolizing spiritualism. Thank you to all the staff working here for making this garden so pure and beautiful.

    Sudupti Singh, India

  • It was an amazing experience to visit to this Jewel of Park & gift to humanity and an inspiration for peace and love for nature. Thank to the Buddhist esponsors for this fabulous park and to Mr. Omprakash for his guidance and helpful assistance. Impressed by the four noble truths and the eightfold paths for peace of mind. The park is an island to find tranquility amongst the turmoil of the busy city. It's a natural place to practice yoga and meditation. The silence bust the chirping of birds, a rare sound on this age & time.

    Leopold Daguiar, Melbourne, USA

  • Such a lovely oasis in the middle of one of the most spiritual places in the world. A true gem. We will be back again.

    Jeel Forman, USA

  • Peaceful, serene garden, full of wisdom and reflection. A lovely place to visit.

    Vicky Toxopens, New Zealand

  • This is the most beautiful place that I have seen in India. It really encourages deep thoughts and meditation. Thank you

    Facunde Lopez, Argentina

  • Excellent art works and planting designs, wonderful planting design and maintenance, nice break from the busy outside !!

    Dr. Amita Sinha, Prof. of landscape architecture, Illinois university, USA

  • People must visit to this place at least once. This is a Garden with a difference which will inspire you to see and understand noble words of Lord Buddha.

    Konchhong Dodep, Leh

  • We are group of monk's and nun's arrived this morning to visit the beautiful garden, we feel this garden is really for those people who wish to practice meditation and Buddha's teachings.

    Ms. Peima, Lahol Spiti

  • When reading the powerful teachings of the Buddha, tears came to my eyes

    Philip

  • The design of Noble Eight Fold Path is very attractive.I like to sit here in peace. I am able to internally realize the Buddhist philosophy.

    Dammacharya Uparaj, Pune

  • I can't believe that this type of park exists in Varanasi. If there is any heaven on earth, it is here in Varanasi.

    Sushma Kumari

  • Thanks for this unexpected present and unforgettable gift which we will carry in our hearts.

    Kirsten, Germany

  • It's awesome place, even have lots of knowledge at one place especially for Botany students and common people as well.

    Shalini Singh, India

  • After experiencing the chaotic Varanasi, this garden brings real joy to your body and soul. Good thoughts and ideas came to us.

    Albert, Spain

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