The place called Bodhgaya is considered to be one of the most significant and holy location in the entire world for the Buddhist pilgrimages. The tree present here, which is the Bodhi Tree, marks the sacred location, in which Buddha sat through his entire meditation and the ‘Knowledge’ was obtained by him. The place of Bodh Gaya is located in the district of Gaya, which is a district in the Indian state of Bihar.
TOURIST PLACES IN BODH GAYA
Bodhi Tree: This tree marks the sacred location, in which Buddha sat through his entire meditation and the ‘Knowledge’ was obtained by him. During the whole meditation, Lord Buddha sat on a slab made of red sandstone, which is believed to be the diamond throne named Vajrasana. The altitude of the tree is as much as 80 feet. The existence of the temple can be traced back to 115 years ago.
Mahabodhi Temple: In the east direction of the Bodhi Tree, the Mahabodh Temple is situated. The temple’s architectural design is known to be excellent. The area of the basement is 48 square feet. The altitude of the temple is 170 feet. The power of the religion is reflected by the presence of the Chatras on the summit of the temple. An excellent composure is mirrored by the temple due to the presence of the four towers situated on the four nooks of the area.
Numerous types of stupas such as votive, ornamental and memorable are present all over the grounds of the temple. The last 2500 years have seen the construction of these stupas, which come in all kinds of sizes.
Ancient Railings: Another interesting historical piece is the archaic railings, which are present encircling the temple. The existence of these railings can be traced back to 1st century BC.
Chankaramana: This location is famous and is considered to be holy since it mirrors the 3rd week following the holy enlightenment of Buddha during his meditation. As per the legends, a lotus appeared wherever Buddha’s feet touched.
Animeshlochana: As per the legends, one week was spent by Lord Buddha at this location. He spent the time by glancing at the Mahabodhi Tree in appreciation without even blinking once.
Ratnagar: As per the legends, one week was spent by Lord Buddha at this location. During this time, it is believed that as many as five colors appeared from Buddha’s body.
Lotus Tank: As per the legends, one week was spent by Lord Buddha at this holy tank called the Lotus Tank.
PLACES OF INTREST AROUND BODHGAYA
Gaya: This place, which is located at a distance of 13 Kms from Bodhgaya, is a holy location for the Hindu pilgrims. The Vishnupad temple is located here. As per the legends, the temple has been constructed on Vishnu’s footprints. The Queen of Indore named Ahalyabai restructured this magnanimous temple. On the bed of the Falgu River, this temple is located. Several numbers of pilgrims come to visit this site.
Barabar Cave: The distance of the Barabar and the Nagarjuni Hills from Bodhgaya is 41 Kms. There are 7 numbers of caves, which are made by cutting out rocks. Four out of the seven caves are present in the Barabar Hills. In terms of archaeological importance, the Barabar Caves come first. Some facts and aspects of the life of Lord Buddha are present in these caves, which were made out of rocks.
Ajivika monks were given two caves by the great emperor Ashoka. These two caves form a shape of a simple hall, rectangular in shape.
The Karan Chaupa Cave: Immense shine is there of the walls inside the cave, which doesn’t include the platform. The entry point has been built in the Egyptian style.
The Sudama Cave: The entry point has been built in the Egyptian style. There are two numbers of chambers included in the structure of the Sudama Cave.
The Lomas Rishi Cave: The entry point has been built in the Egyptian style. The exterior rooms comprises of walls having high sheen.
The Visva Zopri Cave: An exterior apartment along with a flat structured roof is included in the structure of the Visva Zopri Cave. The outer apartment contains walls with high sheen. Details and facts are inscribed on the wall, which is situated on the right hand side.
OTHER PLACES OF INTEREST
Sri Lankan Monastery
HOW TO REACH BODH GAYA
By Air: Gaya has the closest air terminal and the next closest air terminal is the airport at Patna. The distance between Gaya and this place is 7 Kms and that between Patna and this place is 135 Kms.
By Rail: The railway station in Gaya is the closest railway station.
By Road: Bodhgaya has excellent road linkages to places such as Gaya, Nalanda, Rajgir, Patna, Varanasi and Calcutta.