Gaya is one of the holiest and the most sacred pilgrimage destination for Hindus. Situated on a riverside this town is well known all over the world for being spiritually inclined and highly religious. People also come here for performing Pind Daan for their deceased relative. The town’s name has been mentioned several times in the Hindu epic Ramayana and Mahabharata. Gaya is dotted with ancient temples which encapsulates the original and true vibe of this town. This place has also been revered to be highly religious for Buddhists and is visited by devotees, pilgrims, and travelers from across the globe who want to experience its vibrancy. A local sightseeing tour will take you through an enjoyable time.
Visiting Places in Gaya
A UNESCO world heritage site, this temple is built on the exact spot where Lord Buddha is said to have achieved enlightenment. Situated at a distance of about 96km, this place is a must-visit for individuals seeking peace and wants to pay their respects to the Lord himself. The temple is made with impressive architectural styling and intricate engravings which is extremely mesmerizing to look at. The temple complex also includes the bodhi tree, under which Buddha attained his enlightenment.
This ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located by the holy Phalgu River. The mandir holds inside a 40cm footprint of Lord Vishnu which is incised into a block of basalt. This feature makes this temple extremely important and a significant in the lives of Hindus. The 8 rows of pillars that support the pavilion are intricately carved with delicate designs and one of a kind style which clearly showcases the grandiose. There are several tiny temples surrounding the temple complex where the visitors can offer their prayers to the almighty.
Situated on top of 424 stone steps the temple sits gracefully and majestically. Dedicated to Lord Buddha this is the site where he preached his very first sermon to one thousand fire-worshipping ascetics. It widely acclaimed that these ascetics became enlightened after hearing Buddha’s teachings. One can experience unparalleled peace and serenity once they make the effort of climbing the stairs. Inside the temple is an idol of the five-headed deity known as Brahmayoni – the female Brahma energy.
This is one of the oldest and ancient monasteries in Bodh Gaya and is located near the Mahabodhi temple. The monastery contains a collection of various Tibetan scriptures, Tangkhas among other religious objects. It also houses a huge Dharmachakra (wheel of law) which is 10 meters in height. This place also houses a peaceful meditation center where one can achieve some peace of mind and calmness. The place holds some important books and literature on Buddha’s teachings.
Mangla Gauri Temple:
Dedicated to goddess Sati, this sacred temple has quite often been mentioned in the Padma Purana, Vayu Purana, and Agni Purana along with other scriptures and tantric writings. As a part of one of the 18 Maha Shakti Peeth, the establishment date for this temple dated back to the 15th century. It is believed everywhere that if one wishes and prayers to Maa Durga with a pure heart then their wishes will be fulfilled. The temple also has shrines for other gods as well like, Lord Ganesh, Maa Kali, Lord Shiva and Lord Hanuman.