Gaya lies on the bank of river Phalgu at a distance of 100 km from Patna in Bihar. The tour of the city is of great significance to the Hindus and the Buddhists. Lord Buddha preached the essence of life in this ancient city.
There are numerous Buddhist temples at Gaya. While Buddha was on a severe penance, a condemned village woman named Sujata offered food to him. Buddha accepted her food assumed a divine glow and enlightenment. Sujata Sthan or Durgeshwari Temple was built to commemorate this incident.
While on tour of Gaya, you must not miss the visit to Bodhgaya, 13 km from Gaya, is known for the Mahabodhi Temple and the Bodhi Tree. It is place where Buddha got enlightenment. Barabar Hill, 25 km from Gaya, has a few rock cut caves. Rajgir, 35 km from Gaya, is the place where Buddha spent many years. Nalanda, 8 km from Rajgir, is famous for the Buddhist University and Library. The Gaya is recommended for people on tour of Buddhist Sites in Bihar.
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