Kolkata sculptor commissioned to build the 100 feet tall statue which will be installed in Bodh Gaya likely this year
India has been a point of interest for the world since the beginning of civilization. Even before Christopher Columbus sailed out to look for India, the Indian subcontinent was doing spice trade with the Roman Empire.
A film on Buddhism by Benoy K. Behl sees a revival, at a time when the world faces the wrath of COVID-19; Madhur Thanka; The Hindu
‘Path of Compassion’, a 2008 film on the birth of Buddhism in India will soon be screened at the Buddhist Maha Vihara, a temple in Kuala Lumpur.
Buddhism is an exercise in spiritual development. The ultimate aim is achieving enlightenment through the practices of meditation and mindful living. Practitioners also strive to develop qualities such as compassion, wisdom, and awareness.
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Historical treasures of India in Bihar: Bodh Gaya, Nalanda, Pawapuri; Huned Contractor; Connected To India
The Mahabodhi Temple Complex or Bodh Gaya, in India’s Bihar state – which is also known as the place where Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment – is probably one of the top 100 places in the world to visit before you die.
Lord Buddha, who the world also knew as Siddhartha Gautam, was an embodiment of compassion, and 2500 years later from his birth, lakhs of people get drawn to the Mahabodhi Temple complex in Bodh Gaya.
Built in the third century BC by Indian Emperor Ashoka, the temple complex of Bodhgaya (or Buddhagaya as we know it in our country) in India’s Bihar state is a sacred site for the world’s 300 million Buddhists
It was at this very spot over 2500 years ago that one of the world’s great religions came into being – when the Indian prince Gauthama Siddhartha attained enlightenment and became The Buddha. After spending many days in meditation beneath a Bodhi tree at this site, he attained enlightenment when he realised the answer to the fundamental questions about why suffering existed in the world and how it could be eradicated.
Today the Mahabodhi temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site, stands at the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment – a shrine of ancient origin but much rebuilt and restored over the centuries.
Read more from source: In the presence of serenity, sanctity and beauty at Bodhgaya
Bodh Gaya is the most important Buddhist pilgrimage place in the world. Located in the state of Bihar, it’s here that Lord Buddha became enlightened during intense meditation under a Bodhi tree. The exact spot is now marked by the sprawling Mahabodhi temple complex. It’s a very serene place. Monks from all over the world can be found sitting at the foot of an enormous carved Buddha statue, reading holy scriptures in deep contemplation.
The town is also home to dozens of Buddhist monasteries, maintained by various Buddhist countries.
Gaya airport, 12 kilometers (7 miles) away, has infrequent direct flights from Kolkata. If you’re coming from other major Indian cities, the nearest airport is in Patna, 140 kilometers (87 miles) away. From Patna, it’s a three to four hour drive.
Alternatively, Bodh Gaya can be easily reached by train. The nearest railway station is Gaya, which is well connected with Patna, Varanasi, New Delhi, Kolkata, Puri, and other places in Bihar. The journey from Patna by train is about two and a half hours.
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GAYA: Rumours about demolition of all structures located in a radius of 500 metres from the outer wall of world heritage Mahabodhi temple caused panic among people on the second day of three-day Bodh Gaya bandh on Saturday.
The bandh has been called to protest new traffic plan imposed on streets near the shrine by the Gaya district administration and police. Gaya DM Abhishek Singh, however, denied any demolition plan. The denial of district administration announced through a press release was widely circulated on social media to allay misgivings. “There is no proposal for immediate demolition of the structures,” the release said.
“The proposal of creation of buffer zone around Mahabodhi temple is futuristic and implementable in 2031,” the release stated. Earlier in 2013, 58 shops in front of the shrine were demolished following terrorist attack.
What gave credence to the demolition rumour was a 16-year-old guideline given by Unesco, the world cultural body, for proper conservation of the shrine. In 2002, Unesco notified Mahabodhi temple as a world heritage site and issued certain guidelines for the shrine’s proper maintenance and conservation.
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Our country is blessed with the gift of pristine nature, set in innumerable kinds of landscapes, climatic conditions and more that are unique to each region. From the snowfall in the north to the sunny beaches in the south, India has it all open for tourists.
It is almost mid-November and if you still haven’t planned a vacation this month, then you have landed on the right article. Here are the things you can do at different parts of India that are ideally undertaken during November. Festivals, spotting wildlife, sightseeing, you name it, you can do it all this November!
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Gaya: The Unesco world heritage site of Mahabodhi Mahavihara has just got an upgrade. Now, tourists and devotees visiting the shrine will not have to go through tomes in libraries to know about the Buddha’s life. The Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee has got the life history of the Buddha encrypted on the walls towards the northern end of the shrine.
The text, in Hindi and English, accompanies pink sandstone wall carvings by a local artist showing important moments in the life of the Buddha. The text is based on the Jataka stories in which the Buddha recounted the stories of his previous lives.
There are about 550 Jataka stories, of which 23 have been inscribed on the walls.
Shweta Maharathi, historian and member of the temple committee, has scripted the text in English.
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“India is a continent masquerading as a country,” they say. And I can’t agree more. Synonymous with culture, tradition and heritage, India is a country that deserves to be explored at length. From the mighty Himalayas in the north to the Indian Ocean in the south, India has so much to offer that just sticking to known destinations is almost an insult to this beautiful country.
India is also a melting pot of culture and this has given birth to a heritage that is glorious and unmissable. And if you are interested in understanding a small part of it, these five heritage routes across India, will help you experience the best that this magnificent country can offer.
Notice served on 55 Bodh Gaya monasteries for alleged violation of building rules; Anil Kumar Ojha; Hindustan Times
The Bodh Gaya nagar panchayat initiated the action after a petition was filed by the hoteliers’ Association and the mukhiya sangh in the Patna high court against “violation of building rules and conversion of monasteries into guest houses and hotels”.
GAYA: The Bodh Gaya Nagar Panchayat has served notices on 55 foreign Buddhist monasteries for allegedly violating building laws and running commercial activity from there.
The circle office at Bodh Gaya, 111 kms south of Patna, has initiated a separate inquiry to find out violation of building norms by any monastery and structure that may have illegally come up on the land distributed among Dalits and homeless by the Bihar government in the 1980s.
Planned development of the south central Bihar Buddhist pilgrimage town of Bodh Gaya, and of the Unesco world heritage site of Mahabodhi Mahavihara located therein, may soon get a fillip following initiation of a proposal for the constitution of the Bodh Gaya World Heritage Buffer Zone Management Authority (BGWHBZMA).
The Bodh Gaya Temple Management committee (BTMC), which manages the Mahabodhi temple, has sent a proposal to the Bihar government for constituting the authority, headed by the commisioner of Magadh division, under which Bodh Gaya falls.
As per the proposal sent to the state’s urban development department, the Gaya district magistrate-cum-Bodh Gaya Temple Management committee (BTMC) chairman, will be the ex-officio secretary of the proposed authority.