Visit Bodh Gaya
Bodh Gaya is known to be the birthplace of Buddhism. It was here that Buddha attained enlightenment in the 6th century BC. The Sujata village is known to be the location where Lady Sujata taught Siddhartha Gutama The golden middle way before he attained full enlightenment under Mahabody tree in Bodh Gaya. Bodh Gaya and it´s surroundings is a highly celebrated pilgrimage site. Here you will find the infamous Mahabodhi temple which was implemented in UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. The nearby Nalanda University in Patna, which is known for it’s early verdict teachings is well worth a visit. The Mahakala Cave, where Siddartha Gutama meditated for six years before heading to Bodh Gaya is located 20 minutes by car from the Sujata village. If you are into Buddhist meditation Bodh Gaya is the ideal place for you, as you will find numerous temples of various Buddhist traditions and retreat centres, including The Root Institute and the Dhamma Bodhi Vipassana Meditation Centre.
The Buddhist celebration of the wheel of life, known as the Kalachakra festival, held every year in December-January, is one out of many occasions where both HH 14th Dalai Lama and HH the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje holds public appeals. The city is also very lively during the Tibetian New Years celebration held in mid February every year.
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