The Dhamekh Stupa at Sarnath is one of the most
important Buddhist attractions of Sarnath.
The Dhamekh Stupa is the most remarkable and
massive structure at Sarnath. Built partly in stone and partly in brick,
the Dhamekh Stupa is 28 meter in diameter at the base and 43.6 meter in
height. The stone facing the lower part is decorated with delicate
floral carvings of Gupta period. Dhamekh Stupa has a particular
significance at Sarnath as it signifies the place where buddha delivered
his first sermon. The present name Dhamekh proves that it certainly has
some connection with Buddha's Dharma. According to the Archaeologists,
the Dhameka might have been the Stupa built by Ashoka to mark the spot
where Lord Buddha preached the Dharmachakrapravartana (set in motion the
wheel of law) for the first time to his five disciples.