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Gaya: – Gaya is one of the major tourist attractions of Bihar and the second largest city of Bihar. Gaya was established on 3 October 1865 and is one of the thirty-eight districts of Bihar,India. City is situated on the banks of the Phalgu River with much diversity of religions such as the Jain, Hindu, Islam and Buddhists. Phalgu is a very sacred river for the Hindus and Bodhgaya is the most popular destination for Buddhist pilgrims. Gaya derives its name from the mythological demon Gayasur, it is the blend of Gaya and Asur (Demon). According to Hindu mythology Lord Vishnu killed Gayasur, by using the pressure of his foot over him. After many years, the word asur got deleted and the name Gaya remained for the city. There are many sacred places in Gaya where thousands of pilgrims visit every year. You can see the real beauty of culture and tradition in Gaya as this place is also mentioned in our holy epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata. Gaya is famous for its sacred Buddhist temple named Bodhgaya which is approx 11 km from Gaya. Bodhgaya is a place where Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment and Gautam Buddha was a sage who founded Buddhism.

Famous attractions in Gaya

  • Mahabodhi Temple
  • Barabar Caves and hills
  • Gaya Pind Daan
  • Vishnupad Temple
  • Tibetan Monastery
  • Bodhi Tree
  • Dungeshwari Cave Temples
  • Mangla Gauri Temple
  • Nagkut
  • Falgu River

Gaya is most religious holy place for Hindus and one can easily reach there by rail, air and road as this city is well connected to Patna, capital of Bihar. So, if you want to know about Buddhism culture and tradition then Gaya can be the best option to visit this holiday.

Country India
Languages spokenHindi
Currency usedINR

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