Wonderful things to know about Bodh Gaya in Bihar
Image source: Wikimedia Commons
If you are a follower of Buddhism or not, you must have surely seen Buddha temples or heard of the same in your lifetime. Today we will discuss a religious place located in the Gaya district in Bihar and that is Bodh Gaya. Situated in the Mahabodhi Temple Complex, Bodh Gaya is a wonderful place where it is believed that Lord Buddha (also known as Gautama Buddha) attained peace and enlightenment. Both Hindus and Buddhists visit Bodh Gaya as a pilgrimage place.
Bodh Gaya is one of the main four pilgrimage locations that have connections with the life of Gautama Buddha. The other three locations include Lumbini, Kushinagar, and Sarnath. The Mahabodhi Temple that is located in Bodh Gaya is reported to have attained the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. For Buddhism followers, Bodh Gaya is one of the most sacred places. The place is also regarded as Uruwela during the Buddha's time. The temple complex is located by the bank of the Lilajan River.
King Ashoka is believed to have developed the first temple at the Bodh Gaya. You might be aware of how Siddhartha left his family life at the age of 29 and traveled to different places for meditation and to seek the truth. In Gaya, he found the noble eight-fold path on his own and achieved enlightenment, which is a state of mind in which a person is fully free from lust, hatred, and delusion. After one gets enlightened, he enters the stage of Nirvana, and its final stage is Parinirvana.
Bodh Gaya complex is situated about 110 kms from Patna. You will be astonished to see the Mahabodhi Temple with the Vajrasna or diamond throne and also the auspicious Bodhi tree. The tree had its origin in the sapling of the Sri Maha Bodhi tree in Sri Lanka. You can even take a bus from Patna to reach Bodh Gaya through Rajgir. Also, a specialized caravan service has been launched titled Wonder on Wheel by the Bihar tourism sector between Patna and Bodh Gaya. From Gaya Junction railway station, you can reach the Bodh Gaya location in 10 kms and it is quite nearer to Gaya airport which is just 7 kms away. Bodh Gaya doesn't have any entry for autos, cars, or buses in its nearby proximity, thus making the place more peaceful and serene.
The culturally and spiritually rich place will also give you the opportunity to explore the 80 ft great Buddha statue that has been recently built. You can even find many monks and devotees of Lord Buddha chanting and meditating in the complex and beneath the trees. You will really appreciate the land's history and beauty of the place.
If you are a follower of Buddha's teachings, you will really be astonished to check out the archaeological museum that has the stone idols of Lord Buddha and other sculptures. You can even visit some other Buddhist monasteries in Bodh Gaya. You will leave smiling from the place after seeing the smiling Buddha's photograph on the main temple.