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Exploring the Sacred Buddhist Sites of Uttar Pradesh: A Guide to the Buddha Circuit

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The Buddha Circuit in Uttar Pradesh is a popular tourist destination in India that is associated with the life and teachings of the Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Many centuries ago, a significant portion of the life of Gautam Buddha took place in this region. The Buddha achieved enlightenment, traveled extensively, shared his teachings, and eventually attained mahaparinirvan in this area.[1]

This blog is a resource that showcases stamps and covers that feature important places in Buddhism within the state of Uttar Pradesh. It aims to provide a comprehensive collection of these stamps and envelopes for the benefit of collectors and those interested in Buddhism. The blog is a small effort to bring together and display these items in one place.

Kapilvastu

Kapilvastu is believed to be the birthplace of the Buddha. The Buddha, also known as Siddhartha Gautama, was born in a royal palace in Kapilvastu, and the site has since become an important destination for Buddhist pilgrims.

Special cover on Kapilvastu, Siddharthnagar
Special cover released on Kapilvastu during UPHILEX 2022

Kapilvastu is considered one of the four holiest sites in Buddhism, along with Lumbini (the birthplace of the Buddha), Bodh Gaya (the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment), and Kushinagar (the site of the Buddha’s parinirvana).

Kaushambi

Kaushambi was an important center of Buddhist learning and activity during the time of the Buddha. The Buddha is believed to have spent several rainy seasons in Kaushambi, teaching and performing miracles. In addition to its historical significance, Kaushambi is also known for its beautiful monasteries and stupas, which were built to honor the Buddha and preserve his teachings.

Special cover on Kaushambi
Special cover released on Kaushambi during UPHILEX 2022

Sarnath

Sarnath is the site where the Buddha gave his first sermon after achieving enlightenment. This sermon, known as the “Turning of the Wheel of Dharma,” is considered one of the most important events in the history of Buddhism.

Philately stamp issued on Sarnath in 2002 by India Post
Special cover on Sarnath
Special cover released on Sarnath during UPHILEX 2022

Sankisa

Sankisa is believed to be the site where the Buddha descended from heaven after giving teachings to his mother who had passed away. The event, known as the “Descent from the Trāyastriṃśa Heaven,” is considered an important event in the life of the Buddha and is described in several Buddhist scriptures.

Special cover on Sankisa
Special cover released on Sankisa during UPHILEX 2022

Shraswasti

Sravasti was an important center of Buddhist learning and activity during the time of the Buddha. The Buddha is believed to have spent 25 rainy seasons in Sravasti, teaching and performing miracles. Sravasti is also the site of some of the Buddha’s most famous sermons, including the “Fire Sermon” and the “Discourse on the Great Exposition of the Dharma.”

Special cover on Shraswasti
Special cover released on Shraswasti during UPHILEX 2022

Kushinagar

Kushinagar is a famous Buddhist place because it is the site where the Buddha attained parinirvana, or the final extinction of individual consciousness. This event marks the end of the Buddha’s earthly life and is considered one of the most important events in the history of Buddhism.

Stamp on Kushinagar
Philately stamp issued on Mahaparinirvan Temple, Kushinagar by India Post
Stamp on Kushinagar INDIPEX 1997
Philately stamp issued on Kushinagar by India Post during INDIPEX 1997

After the Buddha’s death, his remains were cremated at Kushinagar, and the site has since become an important destination for Buddhist pilgrims. In addition to its historical significance, Kushinagar is also known for its beautiful monasteries and stupas, which were built to honor the Buddha and preserve his teachings.

Special cover on Kushinagar
Special cover released on Kushinagar during UPHILEX 2022

The Buddha Circuit is a popular destination for Buddhist pilgrims and tourists alike, and it offers a unique opportunity to learn about the life and teachings of the Buddha in the place where he lived and taught.

References

  1. Uttar Pradesh Tourism

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