Dhamekh Stupa & Monastery Ruins
Entrance to Dhamekh Stupa
Entrance to Dhamekh Stupa in Sarnath.
Mulgandha Kuti Vihar
This modern temple was completed in 1931 by the Mahabodhi Society. Buddha’s first sermon is chanted daily, starting between 6pm and 7pm...
3rd-century BC Ashoka Pillar with an edict engraved on it. It once stood 15m tall and had the famous four-lion capital (now in the...
A breezy open-sided cafe-restaurant offering snacks, thalis (₹90 to ₹140) and Chinese dishes.
Dhamekh Stupa & Monastery Ruins information
Set in a peaceful park of monastery ruins is the impressive 34m Dhamekh Stupa, which marks the spot where the Buddha preached his first sermon. The floral and geometric carvings are 5th century AD, but some of the brickwork dates back as far as 200 BC.
Nearby is the 3rd-century BC Ashoka Pillar , with an edict engraved on it. It once stood 15m tall and had the famous four-lion capital (now in the museum) perched on top of it, but all that remains now are five fragments of its base.