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Various development projects to be inaugurated in Varanasi 

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  • November 9, 2020
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Various development projects to be inaugurated in Varanasi 

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I – Ancient history & GS-II – Policies and interventions; 

In news

  • Indian Prime Minister will inaugurate various development projects in Varanasi including Sarnath Light and Sound show.

Important value additions 

Sarnath

  • Sarnath is a place located 10 km north-east of Varanasi city near the confluence of the Ganges and the Varuna rivers in Uttar Pradesh, India.
  • The Deer Park in Sarnath: Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma and Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna.
  • It is also referred to as Isipatana. 
  • This city is mentioned by the Buddha as one of the four places of pilgrimage which his devout followers should visit.
  • It was also the site of the Buddha’s Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, which was his first teaching after attaining enlightenment. 
  • Under this Sutta, he taught the four noble truths and the teachings associated with it.

Do you know? 

  • Singhpur, a village approximately 1km away from the site, was the birthplace of Shreyansanath, the Eleventh Tirthankara of Jainism.

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