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Bodhgaya is 125 km from Patna, capital of Bihar state.
15 hr train journey from Delhi Patna (Bihar)
Winter: Max 18ºC, Min 14ºC.
Summer: Max 47ºC, Min 28ºC .
Light cottons in summers
Woolens in winters
Bodhgaya is a serene and quiet little village
and the holiest among holy places where
the quest of Prince Siddharth was fulfilled
after years of seeking the truth and the
saga of Buddha began. He attained the supreme
enlightenment and became 'The Buddha', the
Thus Buddhism was born here under the Peepal
Tree. It was at Bodhgaya where his holy
mission was achieved.
in Buddhist Circuit:
There are several places to see in the Buddhist
Circuit. Some such are:
The Bodhi Tree: the present bodhi tree is
probably the fifth succession of the original
tree under which the Buddha had attained
Mahabodhi temple: The Mahabodhi
Temple stands east to the Bodhi Tree. Its
architectural effect is superb. Its basement
is 48 square feet and it rises in the form
of a slender Pyramid, till is reaches its
neck, which is cylindrical in shape. The
total height of the temple is 170 feet and
on the top of the temple are Chatras, which
symbolise sovereignty of religion.
Vajrasana: is the seat of stability.
It is the stone platform where Buddha sat
Ancient Railings: surrounds the
temple and are of the first century BC.
Chankaramana: marks the sacred spot
of Buddha's meditative perambulations during
the third week after the pious enlightenment.
It is believed that wherever Buddha put
his feet, lotus sprang up.
Animeshlochana: it is believed that
Buddha spent one week here looking towards
the great Mahabodhi Tree out of gratitude,
without twinkling his eyes
Ratnagar: Buddha spent a week here.
It is believed that five colors came out
of his body at this place.
Lotus Tank: is the sacred tank where
it is believed Buddha had spent one week.
Varanasi: Formerly known as Benares,
the holy city of Hindus on the banks of
the sacred, purifying river Ganga. 10 kilometers
away is Sarnath where the Buddha preached
his first sermon of enlightenment, 25 centuries
How to reach:
There are daily flights from Delhi, Kolkata
and Lucknow. Several trains leave Delhi
daily for 15-hour journey to Patna. From
Kolkata, the trip by rail takes around 12
Patna has extensive road connections with
Bodhgaya (125 km), Calcutta (608 km), Nalanda
(90 km), Pawapuri (90 km), Rajgir (102 Km)
and many other places of tourist interest
within Bihar and the neighboring state of
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