The quaint town of Bodh Gaya, in Bihar, echoes with a tranquil ambience, underlined by intense devotion. Dotted with temples and monasteries, this 2,500-year-old birthplace of Buddhism invites travellers from all across the world to soak in its spiritual vibes, retrace the footsteps of Lord Buddha and understand his philosophies at the place where he attained nirvana (enlightenment). The city ebbs and flows with devotees throughout the year, yet it remains suspended in time, as monks in saffron and maroon robes walk around the monuments and temples, their chants and prayers enveloping the surroundings in a cocoon of peace. Even the air of this small town seems to be permeated with peace and serenity, synonymous with Buddhism. Prince Siddhartha, who later became Lord Buddha, is said to have found a quiet retreat under the most hallowed spot here, the Bo or Bodhi tree, where he meditated till the attainment of enlightenment. There are many legends associated with this historic event and it is said that as young Siddhartha settled down to meditate, a young cow-herder named Sujata noticed him and moved by his gaunt appearance, brought him a bowl of kheer (sweet rice pudding).

Not only did the meal give him strength but it is said to have inspired his thoughts on following the Middle Path. The ancient city of Bodhgaya holds a special significance in Hinduism; Gaya is mentioned in the great epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. It is also said to be the place where Lord Rama, with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana, came to offer pind dan (an offering to ancestors during Hindu funeral rites) for their father Dashratha.

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Monasteries of Bodhgaya

Monasteries of Bodhgaya

The spiritual town of Bodhgaya is home to many Buddhist monasteries...

Mahabodhi Temple

Mahabodhi Temple

The Mahabodhi Temple Complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which...

Bodhi tree

Bodhi tree

On the left of the Mahabodhi Temple lies the Bodhi tree, a central...

Archaeological Society of India Museum

Archaeological Society of India Museum

Archaeological Society of India Museum houses an excellent collection...

Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple

Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple

Built in the year 1972 with the help of international Buddhist...

Barabar caves

Barabar caves

Around 40 km from Bodh Gaya lies a cluster of four caves, namely...

Vishnupad Mandir

Vishnupad Mandir

Vishnupad Mandir is called so as it is believed to house a 40-cm-long...

Sujata Garh

Sujata Garh

An ancient stupa, Sujata Garh is believed to be the place where Lord...

Great Buddha Statue

Great Buddha Statue

The Great Buddha Statue is an awe-inspiring sight, standing at a...

Pragbodhi

Pragbodhi

Around 7 km from Bodh Gaya, on a hill, is located Pragbodhi (meaning...

Dungeshwari Caves

Dungeshwari Caves

Also, known as Mahakala Caves, the Dungeshwari Caves are located 12...

Vajrasana

Vajrasana

The red sandstone slab between the Bodhi tree and the Mahabodhi...

Buddha Statues

Buddha Statues

Since Bodh Gaya is deeply entrenched in the Buddhist faith, being the...

nalanda

nalanda

A quaint hamlet scattered with the ruins of one of the greatest...

Gaya

Gaya

Steeped in spirituality and tranquillity, Gaya, in Bihar, is poised...

Patna

Patna

One of the oldest living cities in the world, Patna, the capital of...