Travelling has always fascinated me. I always wanted to travel but due to the hap hazards of life could not do so. It was also not far that I wanted to convert this fascination of mine into a profession by becoming a traveller but had no luck in this field (as had no clue of the sources from where to get such jobs).Despite of all the odds I have managed to travel some rare heritages of India. Be it from the small but beautiful town of Maharashtra named Dhulia or be it Binsar in the Himalayan regions. Well places like Binsar have come into lime light in a small time span and are well known amongst those who are always in the search of natural beauty and peace but today am not there to let to know about the one of my experiences of such but today will try to take to a place called GAYA. Gaya may be known to some due to its religious belief amongst the Hindu’s....a place for the salvation of the souls of our ancestors. There are many related stores that are related to the place which are mythological, they tell to how this place came into existence, its past history, why Gaya is so important for the salvation of the souls of our loved ones, and many more such stories are there which I will be letting all our readers be aware about. Don’t worry I will not be taking you in a session of history neither will I provide you knowledge over the topographical aspects of this historical place but will try to show you the rare picture, scenes, the cutler, the people out there or better can say the traditional India that I saw on my visit to Gaya. What I will be telling you about Gaya and the stories related to it. Many of you might have had heard about them and for many of the readers it might be totally new. Besides making you aware of the mythologies of this place I will try to sketch before you a picture of the old and simple houses of Gaya and the narrow lanes of the city. Before I take you to a short trip to Gaya let me show you the beautiful picture of the Gaya’s market place.
These lanes are near the huge temple of Lord Vishnu (well known as Vishnupad Mandir) who is said to be the divine deity of the place.
So now when we have seen a glimpse of the place that I will be tell you so let begin out journey to GAYA.
My trip to Gaya was a short one for three days, where I had to accompany my family members how had to perform the Shraadh rituals (Pind Daan) of my grandparents. I had no clue as to how the place would be but on the contrary was also exited to check out the place because my trip to Gaya situated in Bihar was new for me. I quickly packed my stuff and the reservation for our train were made a few days before but unfortunately the train was cancelled due o some circumstances. Some of my family members were looking for other sources to each the place while the others were thinking to cancel the trip, but it was important to carry out the rituals cause the days on which we had decided to go there were the days on which the Shraadh are usually carried out(as per the religious believes that in the whole year there fifteen days-one less or more when we the souls of our ancestors is worshiped and those souls who have not received their salvation receive it in these days by carrying out a few rituals).Well as for me I did not want to miss his chance of exploring a new place so I of going by a cab.... that would be taking us to Gaya.., to which all agreed. Though it might be a bit tiring but we thought that taking a few stoppages on the way would make our journey a bit easier. It was difficult to arrange a cab in such a short notice of time but I was able to get hold of a gentleman named Mr.Dilbagh Singh who owns a travel company in Alambagh (Lucknow).He arranged for us an SUV that reached our home at our preferred time. So we started of our journey in the night to avoid the day traffic.
Its took us one and a half days to reach Gaya cause we made a days stay at Varanasi because to carry on the Shraadh puja we had to start with a small puja or ritual at ‘PISHACH MOCHAN KUND’Varanasi. After the ritual was carried out successfully.... we also visiting a few temples and Ghats... took a hotel room for change and shower, filled up our bellies with some remarkably delicious food served at Spicy Tadka restaurant of Varanasi(a must visit restaurant), rested and set back on our road trip to Gaya.
We did not spend more than a day in Varanasi cause we had to complete the puja in Gaya that to on a fixed day and more over it wouldn’t have had been easy for us cause going there we had to find a PANDA or PANDIT who will be doing the puja(by enchanting the mantras and telling what and how we had to do the puja) and as told and guided by the others who had already don’t the puja there it’s very difficult to find the “right one” but the only relaxation we had was that I had already made the rooms bookings in Bodhgaya which is in the outer skits of Gaya approximately 15.7 km a drive of just half an hour. Room at Gaya were not available ( due to the Shraadh)
is located in northeast India in the state of Bihar situated on the banks of Falgu river.