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Bodh Gaya

, Bihar

(Bodh Gaya is also known as Uruvela / Sambodhi / Vajrasana / Mahabodhi; also spelled as Bodhgaya)
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State: Bihar
District: Gaya
Famous for/as: Pilgrim
Languages: Hindi, English, Maithili
Best Season: Oct - Mar
Weather: Summer 25 to 45°C, Winter -1 to 28°C
Altitude: 113 m
Pincode: 82423x
STD code: 0631
The city of Bodhgaya, located in the state of Bihar, is known to most us as being related to Gautam Buddha. However the actual association and the facts about the place have always eluded us. Bodhgaya is the place where the wandering prince Siddhartha sat in meditation below a Bodhi Tree. His three days of initial meditation and subsequent seven weeks of enlightenment have been closely associated with various places in Bodh Gaya.

History remembers Bodh Gaya as Bodhimanda and the main monastery as the Bodhimanda-vihra (Pali). Being one of the four most important sites related to the life of Gautama (Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath complete the quadrate). The present city is a historians', tourists' and religious minded people's delight and is replete with numerous places and monuments that have a direct bond with the Enlightened Prince. The area remained the hotbed for Buddhism upto the 13th century till it was conquered by the Turks.

The city complete with the pilgrimage sites is beautifully situated on the shores of the broad but shallow Lilanjan River (also known as Neranjara). After crossing Bodh Gaya, the river joins Mohana River and forms Phalgu River which is considered sacred. Amongst the hustle of the city also stand proudly, the shrines dedicated to the Buddha by various countries like China, Japan, Bangladesh, Vietnam etc. The river surrounding hills and caves and the history of the city itself make it a must visit place for any nature and peace lover who is planning to book tour package in Bihar.
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Bihar's Buddhist Circuit to Get a Big Tourism Boost

   Jan 25, 2012 05:52 PM
Bihar’s Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has many plans to revamp the Buddhist tourism circuit in the state. Read on to know more on what are the Chief Minister’s plans to boost tourism in the state…

History


Bodhgaya is a very important Buddhist place in India. Located in the Gaya district of Bihar, the history of this town can be traced back to 500 B.C. The history of Bodhgaya is closely associated with the life do Lord Buddha. This is the place where he achieved enlightment under the Bodhi tree.

Not much of the history is known after that. It became an important pilgrim center and famous travelers like Faxian and Xuanzang from China visited this city during the 5th and the 7th century.

The city was developed under the rule of the Buddhist civilization for many centuries before being attacked and conquered by the Turkish Empire in the 13th century.

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Comments (2) Reviews (1)
this is very nice way to look all the photos
Posted by subhash kumar 6 year, 10 months ago
using train to come to gaya is better as gaya is well connected to Howrah/Sealdah thru Rajdhani's n other trains (Poorva/Jodhpur/New Delhi-Howrah Ex)
Posted by shuvo 7 year, 6 months ago

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