Saturday, March 28, 2009

Buddhagaya - India


Buddhagaya is generally known as an ancient and hallowed spot on earth. Buddha Gaya Temple which is also known as Mababodhi Vihara, commemorates the place where Prince Siddartha attained Perfect Enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. It is the ancient site of Uruvela on the Nirenjara River six miles south of Gaya in Bihar State of India. This is one of the four famous places, made sacred by Buddha's association, which His faithful followers should visit with reverence and awe. The temple as well as its historic environs has great religious significance for Buddhists everywhere as well as historic and cultural interest for many other.

Although Buddhagaya has not attracted as much attention as the world famous Agra or Ajanta, but of late it has become a significant and interesting place due to its having longer and more complete history than almost any other place in the sub-continent. Its history supplemented by geographical, archaeological and literary sources from China, Tibet, Burma and Sri Lanka. The history of Buddhagaya is also made more interesting by the participation of some of Asia's greatest personalities from King Asoka to Hiuen Tsang and Edwin Arnold to Anagarika Dharmapala.