Then, we went to see the Mulagandhakuti Vihara. There was a board over there which read:
Mulagandhakuti Vihara, the prime place of worship by world Buddhist community was constructed by Anagarika Dharampala, a noble son of Sri Lanka and founder of the Mahabodhi society of India. It was inaugurated in 1931 and enshrined the sacred relics of Sakyamuni- Buddha. It is located in the Isipatana deer park at the eastern side from that place where Buddha preached first sermon. It’s wall paintings on Buddha’s important episode of life, done by a famous Japanese artist Kosetsu Nosu during the years 1932-1936. The exposition of the sacred relics for the public and its annual procession around Sarnath falls on Kartik Purnima, full moon day in the month of November.
- Temple Opening time: 4 am to 11.30 am, 1.30 pm to 7.30 pm
- Daily prayer: Dhamma Chakka Pooja: November to February: 6 pm, March to May: 6.30 pm, June to October: 7 pm.
A huge bell:
Buddha statue inside Mulagandhakuti Vihara: