Visiting the sacred sites ofcounts as a act and is described as a pilgrimage. Originally there were eight such sites, the places where Prince was born ( ), where he became the Buddha ( ), where he gave his first sermon ( ), and where he attained complete ( ),as well as four places where he performed miracles ( , Rajagriha, Sankassa, and Vaishali).
Over time, the pilgrimage sites grew in number. They were no longer only associated with the Buddha’s– which were distributed across the entire Indian subcontinent – but also with those of other important Buddhist figures, along with sacred texts and events from Siddhartha Gautama’s earlier lives ( ). A pilgrimage is believed to bring and to help one progress on the path to salvation.