I was in my 3rd standard, I read a story Of Gautam Buddha as the name of Siddhartha Gautama. I become totally confused as, “How a person can be like him”.
Siddhartha Gautama had born into shakya clan. One of his usual names was “Sakamuni” or “Sakyamunī” (“Sage of the Shakyas”). Gautama was born in Lumbini, now in modern Nepal, and raise in the Shakya capital of Kapilvastu, which could either have been Tilaurakot, Nepal or Piprahwa, India today, according to Buddhist traditions.
Introduction to Bodh Gaya:
Bodh Gaya is located in Bihar (India). It has been the place of the illumination of Buddha Shakyamuni and is the most venerated of the sacred Buddhist places. The temple building consists of the famous Mahabodhi temple, the stupa and an original Buddha’s descendant from the Original Bodhi tree. Many other countries with Buddhist tradition like Thailand, Tibet and Japan have temples or monasteries too.
How To reach almighty BodhGaya:
Gaya is about 17 kilometers from the city of Bodh Gaya, which is the nearest airport. Even if the flight frequency is lower, the airport is flying well to Kolkata. Now, however, the airport has both international and domestic catering started. Thai Airways starts with a daily flight to Gaya, while Druk Air (a global carrier) departs Bangkok once a week. Patna, which is around 135 kilometers away from the city, is the second closest airport to Gaya. The airport of Patna is well – connected via Indian airlines and other domestic carriers to Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Ranchi, Lucknow and several other Indian cities.
Gaya Junction (13 km from Bodh Gaya) is the nearest head of the railway. It has good connections with major Indian towns. You can reach the holy town from the Gaya railway station by hiring a local taxi. The taxi charge varies and depends on when the trains arrive. Sealdah – New Delhi Rajdhani, Howrah Rajdhani Express, Howrah – New Delhi Rajdhani Express and Kolkata Mail are among the regular trains. Patna, which is 110 km away from Bodh Gaya, is the second closest railway station. Patna railway manager has good connectivity and most Indian cities including Bengaluru, Delhi and Hyderabad subways.
The city of Bodh Gaya is linked by a main road to the town of Gaya. From Patna to Bodh Gaya, two times a day Bihar State Tourism Corporation operates busses, both standard and deluxe busses. Bus services from Nalanda, Rajgir, Varanasi and Kathmandu are also available in addition to Patna. A new luxury air – conditioned line of Volvo busses connecting Bodh Gaya to nearby towns and cities has now been introduced.
Place to visit In BodhGaya:
There are too many Place to visit in the almighty BodhGaya. Some of Them are listed below:-
- Mahabodhi Temple:- 170 meters high is the temple of Mahabodhi built by Emperor Ashoka. It was abandoned in India with the fall of Buddhism and later restored to its former glory in the 19th century. Buddha’s life scenes appear on the temple walls and there are several small stupa of varying sizes covering the whole complex. In 2002, the temple became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Bodhi Tree:- The current Bodhi tree should be the fifth sequence of the original Bodhi tree where Buddha has come to light. Under the trees of the Buddha’s meditation seat is a stone – shaped platform called Vajrasan.