Hinduism Places in Gayaji
Vishnupad Temple is the Temple of Lord Vishnu. Within the temple, 16 inches long and 6 inches wide lotus feet of Lord Vishnu are imprinted on a solid rock. The footprint is the primary object of worship in the temple. Devotees offer water on the stone imprint on behalf of their forefathers.
Pret Shila is the place where people come to pay homage for the relatives died of unnatural death. People also come here to get rid of ill-omen of ghost & witches.
On the top of Brahmyoni Hills are two narrow caves – Brahma Yoni and Matri Yoni – Passing through these caves, it is believed, no one will experience rebirth. A temple dedicated to the Asthabujadevi and other goddesses is at the top too. To reach the top, you need to take an arduous 40 to 60 minutes walk up 424 high stone steps.
Falgu River is the sacred river along which many places are designated for Pind-Daan Rituals . Pilgrims take bath in Holy River and then perform rituals for their departed ones at Vishnupad Temple or other Pind Daan Places in Gaya .
Akshaya Vat is in the Vishnupad Temple. It is the immortal banyan tree where last rites of an expired person are performed as per Hindu tradition. It is also believed that the Buddha practiced meditation under this tree before going to Bodhgaya and attaining enlightenment .
Buddhist Attractions in Bodhgaya (Gaya)
Mahabodhi Temple is the “Place of Enlightenment of Lord Buddha in Gaya.” It is one of the most important 4 Pilgrimage places of Buddhism in India.
Bodhi Tree is the Peepal Tree under which Lord Buddha got enlightenment in Bodhgaya (earlier known as Uruvela).
Best Things to Do in Gaya