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A Visit to Bodh Gaya : The Buddhist Pilgrimage
World Heritage : The Buddhist Temple Of Bodh Gaya
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It was my childhood dream to visit 'Bodh Gaya', and when I got the opportunity to go there, the spiritual experience was just magical.
- ' Bodh Gaya', is a small place in the state of Bihar, on the Northern side of India.
- A small place with a big spiritual and religious significance, because it marks the origin of the Buddhist religion.
- This place is the ultimate destination for those who follow 'Buddhism'.
- Bodh Gaya is the most revered Buddhist sacred site.
♣ The place has its historical importance, as it is believed to date back to second century A.D. and most of us have read about this in our history books.
♣ It was amazing to see the descendant of the Pipal tree under which, Prince Siddhartha is said to have attained 'Enlightenment,'
♣ Prince Siddhartha or Gautama, his other name had sat in meditation under the tree for around fifty days.
♣ Not going into the details of dates, the vast spread of its massive branches is just amazing.
♣ There is lot of history attached to the place, but I was more interested in the visual delight--the serene atmosphere, the beautiful architecture and the majestic monument.
♣ There is a definite peace and serenity about the whole place.
♣ There are lotuses engraved on the stone, where Lord Buddha supposedly put his foot first after he attained 'Enlightenment'.
The Maha Bodhi Temple :
The Maha Bodhi temple is a tall, pyramid like structure.
This is the main site, which attracts visitors from all over the world and especially who have faith in the teachings of Lord Buddha.
This is the place, where Siddhartha Gautama became 'Lord Buddha'.
Bodh', means 'Gyana' or Knowledge. 'Buddha' means 'The Enlightened One'.
People come here to be inspired, to shed their negative thoughts or negative 'Karma'.
The temple houses a magnificent statue of Lord Buddha
Buddhist monks can be seen here, sitting in meditation, paying respects to the 'Stupas'.
They take' Parikrama '( walking around) of the MahaBodhi temple, to pay their respect.
Mahabodhi temple complex, Bodh Gaya, source: YouTube
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The Mahabodhi Tree:
The Maha Bodhi Tree:
- To the west of the Maha Bodhi temple, one can see the sacred Bodhi tree, under which Buddha attained enlightenment.
- The magnificence of the tree should be seen to be believed. It has a huge trunk confirming the age of the tree and the tree is spread all over, making it difficult to see from one end to another.
- It is all over the place, spreading its branches all around. One can see Buddhist monks sitting in meditation and there is Peace all around.
How To Reach There:
§ Thousands of Buddhist pilgrims visit this beautiful temple, spread all around with lavish green landscape throughout the year.
§ The Government of India and other travel agents provide all the information, regarding the route options, hotels, preferred time to visit on their websites as well as their offices.
§ You can find well maintained hotels and restaurants outside the premises of the temple.
§ You can reach Bodh Gaya, either by plane, or train or by road.
Gaya is 110 km from Patna, the capital of Bihar.
The nearest airport is Gaya, around 17 km from the main temple.
§ From the airport, you can take a taxi. Or you can land at Patna airport and take a cab to Gaya. Patna has connecting flights from New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.
§ It is advisable to have consultations with a reputed travel agency, before embarking upon your journey.
There are some good options of staying there, the hotels and restaurants, about which you can get the information and bookings done through these travel agencies, and you can also arrange for a guided tour.
§ Outside the temple lot of beautiful art and craft is sold related to the amazing place, which you can buy as a memento to keep with you or to gift to someone.
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Bodh Gaya, source: You tube
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