(Last Updated on : 21/05/2010)
Sankasya is the present day Basantpur village which is located in the Farrukhabad district of Uttar Pradesh. It is said that Buddha descended to Sankasya from Tushita Heaven with Brahma and Indra. Buddha taught the summary of Abhidharma teachings to Sariputtra(Buddha`s disciple) here. The Chinese travelers Fa-hien and Hiuen Tsang visited Sankasya and had left interesting accounts of the place in their travelogues.
The places of interest in Sankasya
The places of interest are:
The Ashoka pillar
surmounted by an elephant to mark the exact spot where Buddha had descended.
The Vishradevi temple
built similar to that of Buddhist temples.
The standing image of Buddha
flanked by Brahma and Indra is a very interesting