Gurpa is a small village in Bihar at a distance of 33 km from Gaya. The place has acquired religious importance because of its association with Maha Kassapa, Buddha's successor.
Buddha's successor, Maha Kassapa, set out for Kukkutapadagiri, his favorite hill resort, when he realized that his life was coming to an end. Rocks cause hindrances on his progress to the peak. He struck them with his staff and they opened up to let him through. the rocks threw apart, when he reached the top. He entered it and fell into a deep meditative trance and the rocks closed around him.
According to the Buddhist legend, when Maitreya will appears in the world, he will come to Kukkutapadagiri. He will awaken Maha Kassapa and receive the Buddha's robe from him before beginning to announce the new dispensation. This sacred mountain is now called Gurpa. At the top near the cave, you may come across quite a few Hindu and Buddhist shrines and antiquities. The tour of Gurpa is recommended for those interested to visit the Buddhist sites.
How to Reach
Gurpa can be reached from Gaya via Fatipur, which is at a distance of about 33 km.
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