Bodhgaya // The land of Buddha // PART 1

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27th Jan 2019

BUDDHA within

Photo of Bodhgaya // The land of Buddha // PART 1 by Kavish Sethi
Day 1

Hey guys, I have been following Buddhism for some time and really wanted to visit Bodhgaya for a simple reason, to feel the vibe of the place where Gautam Buddha got enlightened. It was under a Bodhi Tree, which is at the Maha Bodhi temple in Bodhgaya. Gautam Buddha was a king, who left his kingdom at the age of 29 and went in search for the truth of life. Later, he was known as Shakyamuni Buddha, when he got enlightened or the enlightened one. We all are buddha's and we all have the same potential to overcome and outshine our inner weaknesses. He then shared his teachings to his five disciples at Sarnath and then buddhism was spread by king Ashoka during his dynasty and later travelled to asian countries.

TRAVEL GUIDE:

1. Mahabodhi Express train ticket from Delhi to Bodhgaya - Rs 1,400

2. Once you reach Gaya, from Gaya station to Bodhgaya its 16.8 km. You can take an auto or a cab.

3. The hotels are cheap in Bodhgaya starting from Rs 800 - Rs 2000. It's better to pre-book. Book it near Maha Bodhi Temple to visit the local market.

4. Lots and lots of monasteries to visit, some are near the main temple, where you can walk and some are nearby, for them you can easily find an auto.

5. Amazing restaurants to visit, within the market. Be happy cafe, tibet om cafe, shiva cafe, nirvana cafe, shiva cafe.

6. Nearby places to visit are Rajgir, Vulture peak, Nalanda University, Dungeshwari Temple, Sujatha Temple, Archeological museum, the famous Manji Mountain (movie based on his life Manji - the mountain man) and obviously the monasteries.

DAY 1: There are more than 50 monasteries in Bodhgaya to explore. It was a stunning experience for me, as I had never visited any monastery in my life. I took a tour of quite a few of them. They were peaceful ans serene. Then I visited Maha Bodhi temple, which was overwhelming for me, as I saw the famous Bodhi Tree, which is actually the direct descendants of the original Bodhi Tree. I meditated there for sometime. It was a state of meditative silence. In the coming days, I visited to all those places mentioned above in point 6. It was an enriching experience in Madhya Pradesh and while being there, I realised India has so much of history and is rich in diversity, unified with so many cultures and there is so much of it yet to explore. BODHGAYA should be a must, on your TO VISIT bucket list.

Wat Thai (Thai Temple) Monastery

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Buddha statue inside the Wat Thai (Thai Temple) Monastery

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Shechen Monastery in Bodhgaya

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Inside the Shechen Monastery

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Buddha Statue

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Bee on a Lotus Flower

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Bodhi Tree and one of its leaf at Maha Bodhi temple

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Maha Bodhi Temple build by Ashoka

Photo of Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Beautiful Carvings on Temple's Top

Photo of Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Bodhi Tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment

Photo of Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Bodhi Tree

Photo of Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Inside the Temple

Photo of Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Monk at the Temple

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Monk doing his prayers

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Leap of faith

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Monks at the Temple

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Silence

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Old monk praying

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Me and my Sister

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Flowers dipped in water in a glass

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Diya's being lightened in a room

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

A little monk

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Carvings

Photo of Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Monk under a tree

Photo of Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Bell in a garden within the temple premises

Photo of Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Maha Bodhi Temple from a far

Photo of Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

After visiting the temple, we guys had lunch at Be Happy Cafe and then took an auto to visit Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya. It was a beautiful red and white monastery with lots of student monks. It had many students within the monastery.

Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya

Photo of Tergar Monastery, Belsar, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Tergar Monastery

Photo of Tergar Monastery, Belsar, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Colourful walls

Photo of Tergar Monastery, Belsar, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Student Monk at the Monastery

Photo of Tergar Monastery, Belsar, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Student inside the premises

Photo of Tergar Monastery, Belsar, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Inside the Monastery

Photo of Tergar Monastery, Belsar, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Buddha's Statue inside the Monastery

Photo of Tergar Monastery, Belsar, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Student Monk

Photo of Tergar Monastery, Belsar, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Little Monk

Photo of Tergar Monastery, Belsar, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

I had a biscuit ice-cream with cartoon story on it at the canteen

Photo of Tergar Monastery, Belsar, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Monk walking for his class

Photo of Tergar Monastery, Belsar, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

By the time it was evening, we went to the hotel, freshened up and again visited the Mahabodhi temple at night, which had a totally different feel to it at night.

Mahabodhi Temple at Night

Photo of Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Bodhi tree at night

Photo of Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Meditation

Photo of Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Cosy fellow at the temple

Photo of Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Meditation

Photo of Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Prayers

Photo of Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Temple from a far

Photo of Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Silence Within

Photo of Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi
Day 2

Day 2: After an soulful day. On day 2 I visited the famous Dungeshwari Hills and on top of it, there is a Temple. It is actually a cave where, Buddha starve himself for years in search of the truth and he became very thin. Still he couldn't find the truth. They are beautiful hills located on the outskirts of Bodhgaya.

Dungeshwari Hills

Photo of Dungeshwari, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Dungeshwari Temple

Photo of Dungeshwari, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Inside the cave, the Thin Buddha

Photo of Dungeshwari, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

The Thin Buddha

Photo of Dungeshwari, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

People have stick gold foils outside the cave

Photo of Dungeshwari, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Gate outside the temple

Photo of Dungeshwari, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Monastery outside the temple

Photo of Dungeshwari, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Then, next we visited the Sujatha Temple. The history behind the temple is when Buddha starve for years and one day he was meditating under a tree, a women name Sujatha came and offered him a bowl of rice. In that very moment, Buddha realised the life's truth, the true essence of his being. He got awakened to the fact that WE ARE ALL HERE TO SERVE EACH OTHER. Serving for others is the only dharma. Dedicating one's life for others. He became happy and accepted the bowl of rice and deeply realised this truth.

Sujatha Offering bowl of rice to Buddha

Photo of Sujata Temple, Bakraur, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Sujatha Temple

Photo of Sujata Temple, Bakraur, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Colourful Flags at the Temple

Photo of Sujata Temple, Bakraur, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

at the temple

Photo of Sujata Temple, Bakraur, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Flags at the temple

Photo of Sujata Temple, Bakraur, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Old Tree

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Kids

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Pine Trees

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Sunset

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Hope you guys enjoyed the Bodhgaya travel blog for first two days. Will soon post PART 2 for day 3 and day 4.

TO BE CONTINUED....

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