Bodhgaya - Bodhi Tree OR Tree of Awakening OR Bo Tree OR land of Nirvana

Bodhgaya Travel Guide

Bodhgaya, commonly known as Gaya is one of the holiest places on earth in the state of Bihar, India. The holy city is located at a distance of 105 km from capital city Patna in the state of Bihar. It is one of the most explored Buddhist pilgrimage centers of the Indian subcontinent where thousands of devotees come to pay homage to Lord Buddha. Bodhgaya is which place where Prince Gautama attained enlightenment under the sacred Asvatta tree (Bodhi tree) and became known as Lord Budha. This is one of the four most sacred pilgrimage places for the Buddhists.

The other three important places are his place of birth at Lumbini, Nepal; the site of his first lecture at Sarnath, near Varanasi; and the place where he left his body at Kushinagar, near Gorakhpur. Buddhists from all over the world have built temples here in Bodh Gaya. The Dalai Lama often spends time here. Tibetan pilgrims come here for the winter from Dharamshala. Bodh Gaya is located about 13 km from Gaya, 450 km west of Calcutta, and 90 km south of Patna. Bodh Gaya is a place which should be visited or seen by a person of devotion and which would cause awareness of the nature of impermanence.

Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha-to-be, had been dwelling on the banks of the Nairanjana River with five ascetic followers for six years practicing austerities. Realising that austerities could not lead to realisation he abandoned them. His five ascetic companions disgusted at his seeming failure, deserted him and left for Sarnath. This small, yet historical city is known for a number of historical monuments. Some of the globally renowned places are :

Mahabodhi Temple Mahabodhi Temple : It is located at the place of Lord Buddha's enlightenment that has a 50m (170 ft) tower. The present temple was restored around 1880; however, there are also a number of other temples on this site. This temple is also sacred to the Hindus because Lord Buddha is the ninth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Bodhi Tree : It is said to be a descendent of the tree under which Budhha attained enlightenment, a sapling of the original bodhi tree that the Buddha sat under was carried by Emperor Ashoka's daughter (Sanghamitta) to Sri Lanka. The tree is located behind the temple and is about 80 feet high and about 115 years old.

In addition to the main attractions, some of the other attractions are :

Vajrasana Vajrasana : Vajrasana is known as the seat of stability where Buddha supposed to have say in meditation gazing east, under the Bodhi Tree, where the Vajrasana, the stone platform is kept.

Chankaramana : This marks the sacred spot of the Buddha's thoughtful perambulations all through the third week after religious clarification. It is supposed that where on earth the Buddha put his feet lotus sprang up.

Arimeshlochana Arimeshlochana : It is believed that the Buddha spent one week here looking towards the great Mahabodhi Tree out of gratitude, without twinkling his eyes.

Ratnagar Ratnagar : The Buddha spent one week here, where it is believed that five colours came out of his body.

When you enter the city, you will feel an amazing experience of spirituality and divinity. No doubt, it is one of the amazing tourist places in the state of Bihar that keep travelers enticed for a long time and persuade them to come here again and again.

The city of Bodhgaya  and its surrounding area is full of comfy accommodation and pure vegetarian restaurants, in this way, you can easily stay here for more days. Apart from this, it is also well connected to all the major cities via road, rail and air.


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