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Gaya is an important Centre of 'Hindu Pilgrimage' where people go to offer oblations for the salvation of their dead forefathers. Bodh Gaya is situated near the river Niranjana (Phalgu)12 kms. from Gaya and 112 km from Patna .  It is one of the holiest Buddhist centers. This is the place where Gautama meditated and attained enlightenment.  Bodh Gaya "The Land of Enlightenment of Buddha" is the place where Prince Gautama attained enlightenment and came to be known as Lord Buddha. Bodh Gaya was the place where his holy mission was achieved.

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Gaya Tourist Attractions
The Bodhi Tree

At the western side of the Mahabodhi Stupa in Bodhgaya stands the large and historic Bodhi Tree under which Shakyamuni Buddha, then known as Gautama, attained enlightenment some 2540 years ago. Gautama, had been practicing austerities for six years in the area of the Niranjana River near Bodhgaya.

Mahabodhi Temple

The Mahabodhi Temple stands east to the Bodhi Tree. Its architectural effect is superb. The height of the temple is 170 feet and on the top of the temple are Chatras which symbolise sovereignty of religion. Four towers on its four corners rise gracefully giving the holy sturcture a poise and balance.

Pretshila Hill

This hill is about 10 kms from the Ramshila hill and just below the hill is the Brahma Kund. After taking bath in this pond people go for the Pind Dan involving performance of some religious rites and rituals. This is done for peace of the departed soul of the ancestor. The temple is an attraction for the tourists due to its unique architecture and magnificent sculptures.

Surya Kund

West of the Vishnu temple is the pond, Surya Kund. Here in the Hindu months of chaitya (March-April) and Kartikya (September-October) the festival of Sun God is held and a fair is also organized on these occasions at the Kund.


There is a large collection of stone sculptures and other artifacts in this museum maintained by The Archaeological survey of India. The bronze statues in the museum are very attractive. It also has a small collection of Buddha statues and pillars.

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