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Gaya-The city of peace and praise

Gaya Airport

When we discuss a small district of Bihar we are actually referring to the second largest city of Bihar with a population of more than 4 million and the only city to have an international airport.

Gaya has always been known as a picturesque city surrounded by temple-crowned hills. Apart from the alluring sight-seeing one can also witness the pure hearts in the city. Though most of the city isn’t a Porsche sphere but significantly suits the upper and lower-middle-class people. If we intrigue further we can witness that most part of the inhabitants is engrossed in self-employed businesses or rather the blue-collar workers. The olive or albino colored people out there tend to be living in a western-influenced society with sophisticated schools, hospitals, and other areas of interest. Furthermore, the city is at its peak to prosper in the coming fifteen years.

Gayacity, south-central Bihar state, northeastern India.

Bodhgaya Temples

While talking about Gaya, only a layman can leave the mentioning of its sanctity and religious importance which bifurcates to Hinduism and Buddhism as the Vishupad Temple and Bodhgaya respectively.
Vishnu pad Temple is a very important place for pilgrimage, the central point of enshrines a footprint of Lord Vishnu. The hills around the city are also places of sanctity and add to the eternal beauty of the city. Of particular importance are the sites in the city associated with Vishnu, such as the Phalgu River.

Gaya is the location at which Rama, with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana, offered pind-daan for his father, Dasharatha. Since then Gaya has remained a site of key importance for the performance of the pind-daan ritual. People from all over the country, as well as from abroad, come here to perform pind-daan puja for their deceased ancestors. This ritual is sought to bring peace to their wandering souls. Apart from this The Mangla Gauri Temple is also a temple of high importance for the Hindus, as it has been mentioned in the most sacred religious scriptures. Mangla Gauri Temple forms one among the 18 Maha Shakti-peeth’s within the country and stands proudly since the 15-century.

Vishnupad Temple– A temple with the footprint of Lord Vishnu

If we talk about the Buddhist believes in Gaya we can date back to the ancient Gaya in the 6th century BCE when the sage Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment at Bodhgaya. Bodhgaya makes Gaya the soil of enlightenment. The Mahabodhi Temple, The Great Buddha Statue, The Tibetan refugee Market, the bodhi tree are some of the most engrossing sites of Bodhgaya. It is worth to know that The Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya was listed as a World Heritage site by the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at its 26th session, on 26 June 2002. Further the massive statue of the great Gautama Buddha, a magnificent figure is about 25 meters high, resembling Lord Buddha in his meditation pose known as the mudra on top of a blooming lotus, carved from red granite and sandstone. This statue is believed to be the tallest one and also the first Buddha installed in the country which took about 7 years to tower.

Bodhgaya– The city of sanctum sanctorums

With this I would refer to my headline as Gaya –the city of peace and praise as it is the land of sanctity to the thousands of pilgrimages visiting every year as well as the land of pride witnessed by those who inhabit there.
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Vaishnavi Agrawal
Hi, I am Vaishnavi Agrawal an undergrad student, pursuing Economics honours from SRCC. Writing has always been a part of me and blogs is definitely a way to present my thoughts into words. I am also interested in economics and finance

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