Amongst those popular Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Sarnath, Thai Temple is one of the most recent additions. This magnificent temple was erected by the Thai dignitaries who visited Sarnath in the year 1993. Adorned with manicured gardens, the temple is reckoned to be one of the most beautiful places to visit in Sarnath. Also touted as Wat Thai, the temple complex also includes an old tree which is muffled up with a striking shawl of gold leaf. An important highlight of the Thai Temple in Sarnath is the 80-foot tall image of Buddha in a standing position. Besides this imposing statue, the temple also houses three other effigies of Lord Buddha in various postures that are placed beneath a tree. Just before the entrance of the main temple, there are images of laughing Buddha along with an enactment of Lord Buddha preaching his apostles. Another statue of Lord Buddha is in Bhumisparsha mudra where he is touching the earth to summon the mortal spirits can be seen in the temple. Giving an alluring touch to the entire complex of this popular Buddhist temple in Sarnath are the fountains with gorgeous lotus flowers. Apart from this, Thai songs and slogans can also be heard chanted at the temple.
Rishpattan Rd, Near Sarnath Museum, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221007.