Enlightment Trail – Bodh Gaya World Heritage Site
I have experienced Bader Meinhoff Phenomenon a number of times in my life and this trip to Bodh Gaya was yet another serendipity of this phenomenon in my life. I had to visit my hometown Dhanbad during the start of this month for education loan purpose and had a lot of time at home. While browsing my ebooks collection I found this book ‘Siddharta’ by Herman Hesse and since it was few hundred pages only started reading it. Coincidentally my father suggested that we had some time so we can have a short trip to the famous world heritage Site – Bodh Gaya, where Siddharta or Lord Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment.
Bodh Gaya is situated in Bihar and takes around 4hrs to reach from Dhanbad via roadway. There are also trains from Dhanbad Station which reach Gaya in around 3 Hrs.I planned this trip with my parents as my mom since long had the desire to perform the some religious rituals after my Grandfather passed away few years back. Bodh Gaya is a beautiful town where one can find confluence of world culture.
Apart from the MahaBodhi temple which is the world heritage site and which has the famous Banyan tree under which Lord Buddha meditated and eventually attained Enlightment, Bodh Gaya also has a number of beautiful temples built by the government and devotees of Lord Buddha from various countries like Thailand, Japan, Tibet etc. It is a different experience to study the architecture of the various temples and although the main devotee of each temple is Lord Buddha yet there are minute differences in the form and appearance of the statute depending upon the country to which it belongs. One can also witness the 80Ft tall Buddha Statue here and it’s a bliss to see the silhouettes of the statue during sunset. The Mahabodhi temple complex is huge and houses a number of Stupas. It also has the 7 important sites within it where Lord Buddha spent various stages of his life. Although the entire temple complex is huge yet there is a beautiful serenity and calmness in the entire surrounding. I could actually imagine myself teleporting to that era where this temple had witnessed so many kingdoms, dynasty and history of some major Indian civilizations. The Mahabodhi tree although was replanted from a stem from Sri Lanka, yet it wasn’t hard for me to actually relate to the narrations from the book ‘Siddhartha’ that I was reading to this place where it all had happened years ago. Bodh Gaya also has a Museum where many statues and Pillars from the actual site have been preserved.
Last but not the least, this enlightenment trail to the Bodh Gaya World Heritage Site, not only helped me to dig and research back into all the history of the rich dynasty and civilization of India that I had just read in my history books at School but it also helped me to link back to spiritualism and meditation which had got lost somewhere in the busy schedules of an MBA course.
My heart was calm and entirely at peace and all that I prayed for was:
“asato ma sadgamaya
tamaso ma jyotirgamaya
mrtyorma amrtam gamaya”
Lead me from the asat to the sat.
Lead me from darkness to light.
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