2014 - Buddhist Pilgrimage to India (Day 9) in Sravasti

BUDDHIST PILGRIMAGE TO INDIA “In the Master’s Footsteps”
24 Nov – 5 Dec 2014 (12D/11N)

Day 09 (02.12.2014) - Lumbini to Sravasti (250Km 8hrs drive) Sravasti the place of the Twin Miracle.

The hotel morning call at 4am and breakfast was at 5am. At 6am we departed for Sravasti via Kapilavastu, which is about 8 hours away.

At 10.25am we arrived at Kapilavastu in India and at 5pm we arrived at hotel for late lunch. At 5.11pm we stopped by Orajhar in the district of Balrampur and at 5.25pm we visited Kachchi Kuti monument and Pakki Kuti monument also known as Angulimala Cave

At 6pm we visited the Ananda Bodhi society of India, Nava Jetavan Maha Vihar Ramaya at Shravasti. At 7.30pm we went back to hotel for dinner at 8pm.

Dinner & overnight at Sravasti: Hotel Pawan Palace.

Kapilvastu is the important Buddhist place and is located between two important Buddhist places Lumbini (In Nepal; Birth place of Buddha) & Sravasti (where Buddha spent 27 monsoons of his life).

Kapilvastu was the capital city of Shakya Republic during the 6th Century BC. The Shakya domain was one of the 16 Mahajanpadas (republics) of 6th century BC (the earliest republics of the world).

The city was the seat of King Sudhodhana, father of Lord Buddha. Prince Siddhartha (childhood name of Lord Buddha), spent most of his early years here. He grew up amidst luxury and was kept away from miseries of life. But one day, having seen the pain of life, he broke out of the luxurious entrapment of his father and renounced all the worldly riches & pleasure, at the age of 29 in search for truth and salvation for which he proceeded to Bodhgaya (Bihar) and revisited it 12 years later, long after he attained Enlightenment. It is believed that Lord Buddha preached "Madhupindika Sutta" in kapilvastu. The site has been excavated during 1971-77, when two mounds were excavated in the vicinity of this area.

Orajhar site (mound) may be identified with the celebrated Purvarama or Eastern Monastery built by Vishakha as seen by Fa-Hein. Excavation has revealed threefold cultural sequence starting from Kushana Period (1st Century AD) followed by Gupta & Medieval Period.

The ruins of Maheth includes two stupas. One stupa, known as Pakki Kuti, is said to be that of Angulimala while the other, known as Kachchi Kuti, is believed to be that of Sudatta, a disciple of Buddha. Pakki Kuti and Kacchi Kuti were later converted into Brahmanical temples.

Story of Angulimal Daku: Angulimala, whose name means "finger garland", he was a wicked man who harassed the city and country, because he was killing the people and cutting a finger of each person in order to make a garland for the presentation to his Guru Dakshina. He was about to kill his own mother in order to make up the required number of fingers when lord Budha intervened.

This small Buddhist temple is managed by the Sri Lankan Authorities. Facade of the temple is not attractive but it houses a copper coloured big statue of Buddha. The inside wall are fully painted with mural depicting the life story of Buddha.

Dinner & overnight at Sravasti: Hotel Pawan Palace.

Day 01 (24.11.2014 Mon) Kuala Lumpur - Bangkok – Bodhgaya, India
Day 02 (25.11.2014 Tue) Bodhgaya/Dungeswari Cave/Sujata Stupa/Bodhgaya
Day 03 (26.11.2014 Wed) Bodhgaya - Rajgir by coach (80km, 3 hrs drive)
Day 04 (27.11.2014 Thu) Rajgir – Gijjhakuta Hill (Vulture Peak) /Nalanda/Rajgir

Day 05 (28.11.2014 Fri) Rajgir – Vaishali by coach (130km, 5 hrs drive)
Day 06 (29.11.2014 Sat) Vaishali – Kushinagar by coach (180km, 6hrs drive)
Day 07 (30.11.2014 Sun) Kushinagar – Lumbini by coach (160km, 7hrs drive)
Day 08 (01.12.2014 Mon) Lumbini
Day 09 (02.12.2014 Tue) Lumbini – Sravasti by a/c coach (250Km, 8hrs drive)
Day 10 (03.12.2014 Wed) Sravasti – Varanasi by coach (270Km, 11 hrs.’ drive)
Day 11 (04.12.2014 Thu) Varanasi – Saranath – Varanasi by coach (12Km, half hr.)   Varanasi – Bangkok TG328 16:30hrs 21:15hrs
Day 12 (05.12.2014 Fri) Bangkok – Kuala Lumpur

Story of Angulimal Daku: 
Anathapindika - The Great Benefactor by Hellmuth Hecker
Angulimala -A Murderer's Road to Sainthood by Hellmuth Hecker

Buddhist Pilgrimage by Bro. Chan Khoon San
What Buddhists Believe? by Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda

The Travel Records of Chinese Pilgrims Faxian, Xuanzang and Yijing

The Buddha - Documentary Story of Buddha's Life
The Buddha - Documentary (Narrated by Richard Gere)
The Life of Buddha - BBC Documentary (National Geographic)