Bodh Gaya today is the most important pilgrimage for Buddhists in the world. Here as you wander around the Mahabodhi Temple or sit and meditate before the vajrasana, the diamond throne that stands under the Bodhi tree, you are at the place where the story of Buddhism began all those centuries ago. Bodh Gaya has been declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
It is a serene and peaceful place. The air is redolent with the perfume of incense as shaven headed monks clad in saffron or maroon and nuns in white robes wander past twirling their prayer wheels, softly chanting “Buddham Sharanam Gacchami” to the beat of gongs and bells. In the lawns pilgrims sit in quiet corners among the small votive stupas absorbed in meditation as the multicoloured prayer flags snap in the breeze. The spirit of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha still permeates the atmosphere at Bodh Gaya.
The history of Buddhism begins at this hallowed place that was once a small village called Uruvela and is today the world famous site of Bodh Gaya. A Buddhist pilgrim’s journey of discovery has to begin from here.
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Bodh Gaya is in the north Indian state of Bihar. The other Buddhist pilgrimages in the state are Rajgir, Nalanda and Vaishali.
BY ROAD : It is 125 kms from the state capital of Patna. The nearest town is Gaya, 16 km. Rajgir is 70 km. Kolkata is 485 km. Buses, taxis and auto rickshaws are available from Gaya.
NEAREST AIRPORT : Patna. Taxis are available from here to Bodh Gaya.
NEAREST RAILWAY STATION : Gaya is on the Delhi-Kolkata line. There are trains connecting Gaya to Patna, Kolkata, Delhi, Lucknow and Varanasi.
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Places In Bodhgaya
The Bodhi Tree
The historic mahabodhi tree is situated at the western side of the Mahabodhi stupa under which shakyamuni
Buddha,the then known as Gautam, attainded enlightenment 2550 years ago.He practised austerities for around
six long years in the area of the Niranjana River Near bodhgaya.
At the western side of the Bodhi Tree in bodhgaya stands the huge 170 feet Mahabodh temple
and on the top of the temple are Chatras which symbolise sovereignty of religion. Four towers on its four corners rise gracefully giving the holy sturcture a poise and balance to it.These stupas are of multiple sizes which were built 2500 years ago. Most of them are extremely elegant in structural.
The Barabar and Nagarjuni Hills are located around 25 km to south from Bodhgaya (25 kms north of Gaya) and contain, in all, seven rock-cut caves of which four are in the Barabar hills. Barabar Caves is an important achaeological
site in india. The caves carved out from solid rocks bear details of the life of Buddha.
Two of the caves, dedicated by Ashoka to Ajivika monks