Published on : Tuesday, September 5, 2017
The Indian government is all set to create Buddhism circuits. The National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive plan or PRASAD comprise the introduction of Buddhist heritage and pilgrim sites in India. The rationale of the PRASAD project states: “Pilgrimage tourism is a form of tourism motivated partly or wholly by religious sentiments.”
Buddhism majorly aims at the development of personal spirituality and attempts to indulge in deeper insight into the true nature of life and stop worshiping effigies. More than 535 million people across the globe worship this religion, representing 9-10% of the total population of the world. It ranks almost fourth among all religions in the world.
China has the highest number of Buddhist population in the world, with over 244 million and 18.2% of its total population. The most important Indian Buddhist circuit planned under the PRASAD are found in the 14 Buddhist sites of the states of: Andra Pradesh (2), Maharashtra (3), Madhya Pradesh (3), Uttar Pradesh (3), Bihar (1), and Tamil Nadu.
Mahesh Sharma, the Government of India Minister of State (Independent Charge) Culture and Tourism, and Om Prakash Singh, Tourism Minister of the Government of Uttar Pradesh stated joint partnership to develop the Buddhist circuits. To To quote Mahesh Sharma, “Sarnath will be made the hub of Buddhist tourism in India, and efforts will be made to bring in by air, rail, and road connections, visitors and pilgrims from Sarnath to various Buddhist sites in India.”