Sarnath, where the Buddha delivered his first sermon more than 2500 years ago, has a site
museum whose prize exhibit is the enormous lion capital (2.31 m.). Now the emblem of Independent
India, this capital once surmounted an Ashokan pillar erected to mark
the spot where the Buddha preached.
There are many other Buddha and bodhisattva figures on view. Among these the most outstanding is the
Gupta period Buddha with and raised in Abhaya or protection.
Sarnath Tel: 585001 Fax: 586432