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An important Indian Buddhist centre located some 6 miles north of present-day Vārāṇasī. It is famed as the location of the Deer Park, the site of the first discourse taught by the Buddha after his enlightenment (bodhi). Visited again by the Buddha on an number of occasions later in his life, Sārnāth became an important Buddhist centre until the 12th century ce. Modern excavations have revealed extensive remains of vihāras andstūpas.including the great Dhamekh and Dharmarājika Stūpas, as well as numerous statues of the Buddha.

Subjects: Buddhism.

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