November 9, 2010

Buddhist Temple in Chennai

If you are from South India and wish to visit a Buddhist temple, don't worry. You don't need to travel to Sri Lanka or Tibet. You don't even have to travel to Gaya or Sarnath. In Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu state of South India, you can find a temple for Lord Buddha. That too, this temple is located well at the heart of the city. Egmore Railway station is one of the two main railway stations of Chennai city. Buddha temple is located at a small lane named Kenneth lane just opposite to Egmore railway station. It hardly takes five minutes walk from the railway station.

Buddha Temple, Egmore, Chennai
 This small temple of Lord Buddha is situated inside the building of the Maha Bodhi Society of India. It belongs to Sri Lankan Buddhists. The Maha Bodhi Society of India was founded by Anagarika Dharmmapala in May 1891 for the purpose of restoring the ancient Buddhist shrines at places such as Gaya and Sarnath. He founded the Society's first center at Buddha Gaya, and in various other cities including the one found at Egmore, Chennai.

The shrine has just a big idol of Lord Buddha. The building is used by the pilgrims as a guest house. When you happen to go to Egmore, visit this small temple of Buddha having a big idol of Buddha.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Buddha Temple 
Site Type: Temple
Location: Near Egmore Railway Station, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
A rare temple for Lord Buddha in South India
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from the cities/towns all over India
Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road, train, and flight
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Chennai city

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