Bodhgaya Travel Guide
Bodhgaya Travel Guide: Bodhgaya is the journey to one man’s enlightenment that opened the doorway –away from the world of misery for millions. Gautama the Buddha –the Shakya muni attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree here and learnt that renunciation has greater power for the human soul than enjoyment of sense objects. Ever since, it has become an essential pilgrimage for the Buddhists of the world. Another famous Buddhist ruler, Ashoka – embellished this place with numerous monasteries and other magnificent structures.
Places to visit in Bodhgaya
Architecturally superb, its sacred pyramid edifice is like a grand banner unfurled by cosmos to announce Buddha’s efforts to cleanse human sorrows by ascending above worldly problems and transcendental peace. It rises to 170 ft. and there are Chatras on the top of the temple symbolizing sovereignty of religion. There is a colossal image of the Buddha in sitting posture touching the earth by his right hand inside the temple, in the main sanctum the statue is made of black stone and the entire courtyard of the temple is studded with large number of votive stupas of exceptional structural beauty. The first century BC ancient railings, surrounding the temple, are among the highlights.
Animesh Lochan Chaitya
Buddha spent a whole week here staring, without twinkling his eyes, at the great Bodhi tree in gratitude.
The present Bodhi Tree is the fifth generation of the original tree and Vajrasana, the seat of stability, is a stone platform on which the Buddha is supposed to have sat in meditation gazing east, still stands.
The Buddha walked around this spot during the third week after enlightenment.
five colors came out of his body when the Buddha spent a week here.
How to reach here
Air: The nearest airport is at Gaya 7 Kms and Patna 135 kms and it is connected to Calcutta, Bombay, Delhi, Ranchi, Lucknow and various other cities.
Rail: The nearest railway station is Gaya (17km).
Road: Bodhgaya is well connected by road to eastern cities.