Bodh Gaya the main hub of Buddhism where you can feel the Buddha Vibes & Be Buddha Blessed. It is one of the four most prominent Buddhist Holy Sites related to the life of Buddha. The auspicious Mahabodhi Temple is in this city. On my recent trip to this amazing little town, I was privileged to have witnessed the beautiful Buddhist Temples, Monasteries, their culture, rituals and more importantly the way of living of the monks and their faith.
Bodh Gaya is city located in the Indian State ‘Bihar’ in Eastern India. This is where Lord Buddha is said to have gained enlightenment while sitting under the Fig Tree or the peepal tree (which is referred to as the Bodhi Tree). The present tree is considered to be the 3rd generation of the Original Bodhi Tree. It is believed that it is this place where King Siddhartha Gautama stopped while wandering in search of life’s truth. And later he became Buddha ‘The Enlightened One’.
Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya
After a few centuries, the first Buddhist King The Great Emperor ‘Ashoka’ built a temple here in 3rd Century BC. The temple had been felt in ruins and renovated a couple of times in the ages gone by. It now is fully protected by The Buddhist Society. The Mahabodhi Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was declared in 2002.
The Blissful Buddha Experience
Bodhgaya is a magnet that attracts lakhs of believers and non-believers from all over the world. It is a magical place and illuminating with the joyful, spirited and generous people. The teachings of Buddha are all Universal Truths and hence it is considered as a way of thought and life rather than a religion. A monk in the temple told me this. The whole temple complex made me feel at peace even in presence of a thousand people.
The monks in their dark red simple clothes could be seen everywhere I looked. It was a once in a lifetime experience and a site to see hundreds of them in the temple complex, markets, monasteries and elsewhere. All the scenes around made me feel like I was in a Buddha World. The chanting of so many monks could be heard echoing all around the temple and it gave a warm soothing experience to the ears and soul.
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Rituals & Practices
So whenever I travel to a new place, what I observe is every small thing, local culture, people’s body language, their way of communication and practices. And the same applies to religious sites too or any other place. Right? It’s by observing the details that we actually sync into the place. There was so much to see in every corner of the temple and the city largely. The way the people were worshipping, meditating, burning candles, chanting, humming, feeding the community was remarkable to watch. I hadn’t seen such a sight at any other religious place I have been to. That’s the power of Buddha and his teachings. The sense of being at the place can’t be explained in as many words as I write here. The kids, women and men, everyone seemed to be coloured in the light of Buddha.
I visited this place as a part of my 8 days Buddhist Circut Tour by a Special Train that covers all the significant Buddhist Sites. It was a short and crisp visit to Bodhgaya and I would definitely visit it again to feel it once more so as to see what was left this time.
For deeper and actual insight into the world of Buddhism, there is no other place other than Bodh Gaya and the Mahabodhi Temple should be your next stop.
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