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Varanasi Travel Guide

Sarnath

Sarnath is where Gautama Buddha first taught the Buddhist Dharma. In 528 BC Siddhartha Gautama came to Sarnath about five weeks after having attained enlightenment at Bodhgaya, and here he preached his first sermon (now called Dharma Chakra Pravartan, or Set in Motion the Wheel of Law) in what is today Sarnath's Deer Park.

Legend has it that the Buddha was incarnated as King of

the Deer in the deer parkā€”the name "Sarnath" comes from Saranganath, which means "Lord of the Deer." In the Deer Park you can buy some carrots for a few rupees and feed the current denizens.

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