Ashtamahastaan are the 8 places associated with Gautam Buddha , the founder of Buddhism . Gautam Buddha througout his divine journey of this planet has exclusively traveled to spread the path of a new faith preaching universal brotherhood , logical thinking , compassionate feelings for the oppressed ones .
Rummnder Pillar at Lumbini, Nepal
Bodhi Tree , Bodh Gaya
Deer Park , Banaras ,
While departing for the tusita heaven from where he came to our phenomenal world to show a new path that could take the humanity to next level , he suggested his followers to take the tour of these 8 places once in life time . this forms the Buddhist religious tourist circuit .
4 of these places are the places where he performed great magics , while 4 are not associated with any kind of magic . they have been a part of regular visits of these 8 places . a Buddhist follower must visit these . besides this , any one who is interested in Buddhist religion , its philosophy , architecture will definitely increase divinity in him . the 8 places are tabulated as under . the last 4 places in the table are the ones where magics were performed in public for various reason .
Lumbini is a small town near Kapilvastu , ruled by his father Shuddodhan of a powder sakya clan , affiliated to koshala kingdom , being located in india . He was born on the full moon day of Vaishakh month of Indian calendar corresponding to gregorian May .
Bodhgaya is small town where 6 years of his renounciation (discarding) of the materialism of the phenomenal world bore the fruits , when meditating under Peepal tree .
The branch of the Peepal tree still exist .
Interestingly the divinity or the enlightenment coincides with the same day , the full moon day on which the king of Tushita heaven departed the heaven to arrive this physical world at lumbini .
Banaras is the holy town of three great religions , Hindus , Buddists and the Jainas .
This is the place where he met his old friend who have disowned him during his critical times on some grounds .
They accept Buddha as divine being and becomes his earliest disciples . He now delivers the first sermon to them which attracts others to listen to Buddha in deer park .
The world now gears to receive new scientific teachings full of love and kindness .
This is the holy site , where he departed from this phenomenal world back to tusita heaven in order come back again , as Maitreya Buddha , his next and 8th journey in this world as a guide when the world crisis will come to a stage , which warrant diving intervention to help humanity .
Very interestingly the day falls on the day he was born , he got enlightened also .
This is the place which was the capital city of the most powerful kingdom in India .
Here he tamed a mad elephant that was released by his jealous half brother Devdutta , the elephant sat in front of Buddha and saluted with his trunk . This is the place which was the capital city of the most powerful kingdom in India .
Here he tamed a mad elephant that was released by his jealous half brother Devdutta , the elephant sat in front of Buddha and saluted with his trunk
In next attack a big piece of rock from a small hillock were arranged to fall and hit , which ultimately turned flowers , getting an opportunity to get a holy touch of buddha .
Sankisa is a place , where by he left once to tushita heaven to preach the 33 gods and meet the departed soul of his mother .
He came back escorted by Brahma , the god of creation of this universe , according to Hindu texts .
Shravasti was the kingdom of king Prassenjeet , where he performed 16 great magics in 16 days , one magic every day in royal hall full of nobles , critics and the commoners to accpept the challenge posed by his critics to show the supernatural powers .
The critics were ashamed of launching a dirty campaign against him , they accepted him as a guide and one of them also committed suicide
This is the place where the large no of monkeys offered honey to the master of this universe . This act was reciprocated by the great soul who lifted their status and were made human beings .
This is also the birthplace of Mahavir Jain , the founder of Jain religion and a contemporary of Gautam Buddha
This is also the place where Buddha predicted that the purpose of his visit in this tour was over and he would be going back shortly to his original residence .
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