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December 20, 2008

The highlight of the day was the trip to Sarnath, a few kilometers outside of Varanasi, the site of Buddha's first sermon. A must-see for anyone in the area.

Short video of Rahil regaining lost karmic merit by circambulating the Dhapekh Stupa here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFGHWD_4zxg
This huge bell is rung twice a day and cost the princely sum of one crore (10,000,000 rupees).
This huge bell is rung twice a day and cost the princely sum of one crore (10,000,000 rupees).
Threatening to blow out the lamps commemorating the Buddha's enlightenment.  Karmic demerit.
Threatening to blow out the lamps commemorating the Buddha's enlightenment. Karmic demerit.
More karmic demerit:  defying the 'no shoes' rule below the sacred bodhi tree.
More karmic demerit: defying the 'no shoes' rule below the sacred bodhi tree.
Asking for a small toy but leaving Mom to bargain for it.  It's kind of a group thing.
Asking for a small toy but leaving Mom to bargain for it. It's kind of a group thing.
Rahil below a bodhi tree at the Japanese temple.
Rahil below a bodhi tree at the Japanese temple.
The Japanese temple at Sarnath.
The Japanese temple at Sarnath.
Looking at saris with Mom.
Looking at saris with Mom.
Amid excavations.
Amid excavations.
Panorama of the Sarnath excavations.
Panorama of the Sarnath excavations.
Near the Dhamekh Stupa, which purportedly houses Buddha relics.  It marks the spot where Buddha preached his first sermon.
Near the Dhamekh Stupa, which purportedly houses Buddha relics. It marks the spot where Buddha preached his first sermon.
Merit regained:  circambulating the Dhamekh Stupa!
Merit regained: circambulating the Dhamekh Stupa!