Originally the butter lamps used to be burnt under the Bodhi Tree which caused a lot of damage to the Tree and surroundings because of the heat. Thus this ritual was moved to the Butter lamp house. The money donated is used for the upkeep of the place and lighting of butter lamps.
It is an ethereal feeling, to be looking at so many glowing lamps burning in tandem.
This also concluded my trip to this wonderful place.
Reaching Bodh Gaya
Bodh Gaya being a major pilgrimage place for Buddhists, thousands of Buddhist pilgrims come from all over the world to visit Bodh Gaya. Fortunately, for me, it was a day trip from the city of Patna, the capital of Indian State of Bihar and took me around 3 hours to reach there.
There are various ways by which you can reach Bodh Gaya,
The nearest airport to Bodh Gaya is the Gaya Airport, which is hardly 17 Kilometres away, from the town of Bodh Gaya. However the frequency of airplanes at this airport is not very high.
Gaya Airport is well connected though to Kolkata airport (domestic) and Bangkok, Thailand. For international passengers, it would be more convenient to fly to Delhi and then take a flight to Gaya. People can also fly to Patna Airport which is a 3 hour road drive from Gaya.
Patna is well connected with almost all the major cities in India like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ranchi etc. You can book your tickets on makemytrip.com or kayak.com .
The nearest rail head to Bodh Gaya is Gaya which is just 13km away. Gaya has direct trains to Kolkata and Delhi and is also quite well connected to all the major cities in India. There is also a Mahaparinirvan Express, a special tourist train which takes tourists on a spiritual tour which goes through the Indian states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
Bodh Gaya is well connected by road to Patna, Varanasi, Nalanada etc. The National Highway No. 2 (NH2) touches Gaya at a place called Dobhi which is 30km to the South and which joins the road leading to Kolkata and Delhi Expressways.
The Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) plies both standard and deluxe buses regularly between Bodh Gaya and Patna, Nalanda, Rajgir etc. Volvo air conditioned buses have now been introduced and these connect Bodh Gaya with towns and cities nearby.Taxis also operate between Gaya and Bodh Gaya.
Travelling in Bodh Gaya
Auto Rickshaws and cycle rickshaws are available most of the time and are convenient to travel in. You can also travel in the E-rickshaws. The Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) also runs buses for the convenience of people.