GAYA

Gaya : Monuments to Religion

The city of Gaya is holds a special significance in its ancient history and mythology. The place is especially important to the religions of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.

Gaya is a charming city with is encased by quaint rocky hills and a peaceful river called Phalgu. The city is extremely appealing with its mixture of contrasting attractions of ancient monuments and natural surroundings. Being a holy place for three different religions, the landscape of Gaya is filled to the brim with temples. Numerous ghats and temples dedicated to Hinduism line the Phalgu River.

Akshaya Vat is a famous banyan tree that is sacred to the Hindus. According to the Hindu legends, it is believed that this tree has been blessed by Lady Sita and is immortal. It still spreads its emerald branches and massive roots creating a spectacular sight. The Vishnupad temple is another amazing temple. It is based around a footprint that is believed to be left behind by Lord Vishnu. You are going to enjoy the rituals in these temples immensely with their musical chants.

Jains regard Gaya to be one of the most important pilgrimage sites for their religion. According to their mythologies, it is believed that Lord Mahavira achieved Moksha near Gaya. The city is also filled with their temples. The Parasnath Hill is of special importance as 22 of the 24 Tirthankars of the Jain religion attained salvation at the hill according to the religious scriptures of the Jains. The temples of the Jains are quite beautiful and you will love roaming in these temples thanks to the peaceful atmosphere that they are filled with.

The Brahmayoni Hill at Gaya is the place where Gautama Buddha preached his famous fire sermon making it incredibly important to Buddhists. Gautama became the Buddha after achieving enlightenment at Bodh Gaya which is near to the city. The charming landscape of Bodh Gaya lies in its serenity and natural beauty.