Top 5 spiritual destinations in Bihar

With the holy Ganga River flowing through west to east and bordering on the neighboring country of Nepal, Bihar is known for its extreme spiritual importance. In the ancient and classical ages, Bihar was the centre of learning and pilgrimage and now has garnered its reputation for being one of the prime destinations for Hindus as well as Buddhists. From Bodhgaya and Patna to Vaishali and Gaya Bihar has a myriad of places for a keen devotee. Bihar is also the prime destination for a number of yatra and pilgrimage circuits like the Buddhist circuits, Jyotirlinga pilgrimage circuit and Jyotirlinga pilgrimage yatra among a number of other Sikh, Jain and Islamic pilgrimage circuits. This is the place where one can truly feel the pleasant and serene vibes of this divine and holistic centre of pilgrimage.

Here are some of the places to visit in Bihar if you are looking for a spiritual upliftment or some divine intervention:

1. Bodhgaya

Bodhgaya, a small village in Bihar is known for being one of the prime sites for Buddhist pilgrimage in India. The Mahabodhi temple, a UNESCO world heritage site, situated here is home to the famous Bodhi tree under which Siddhartha Gautama became Lord Buddha, ‘the enlightened one’ after years of deep meditation. During your holiday planning to Bodhgaya make sure to visit numerous other stupas, monasteries and temples of religious relevance which will fill your heart and soul with tranquility and immense serenity.

Places to visit – Mahabodhi temple, great Buddha statue, Wat Thai temple, Royal Bhutan monastery.

Best time to visit – November to February

Bodhgaya

2. Rajgir

It is said that this place was extremely close to the heart of Lord Mahavira and Lord Buddha making it one of the prime centres of pilgrimage for Buddhists and Jains along with Hindus. Located among the lush green valley and on the lap of the rocky hills, Rajgir is not only a sacred pilgrimage spot but also give the pilgrim a feeling of deep tranquility. Make sure to visit Rajgir on your spiritual trip to Bihar which is also lined with dense forests and mysterious caves.

Places to visit – Venu Van, Rajgir hills, Ajatshatru fort, Rajgir Brahma kund

Best time to visit – October to March

Rajgir

3. Nalanda

Popular for being the centre of learning and academic excellence during the ancient ages and a UNESCO world heritage site, Nalanda is also known for being one of the oldest universities in the world which lasted form 5 ce to 1200 ce. It is also the university where great teachers including Lord Buddha gave numerous lectures on Buddhism. Students from abroad like Thailand, China, Korea etc, used to flock here in order to gain knowledge about the extremely formalized vedic learning from some of the greatest teachers of all times. The ruins present here shed some light into the architectural masterpiece it was during its pinnacle.

Places to visit – ruins of Nalanda university, Black Buddha temple, Buddhist bell, Nalanda archeological museum.

Best time to visit – November to February

4. Patna

This 2nd largest city in the eastern part of the sub continent and the capital of the state of Bihar, Patna is also known for being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Patna is also known for being the gateway of pilgrimage to the holy sites for Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists. Apart from being home to numerous religious sites, it is also consists of numerous historically rich and monumental structures which showcases the well preserved history of the bygone era.

Places to visit – Golghar, Mahavir mandir, Patna museum, Buddha smriti park, Patan Devi mandir.

Best time to visit – October to March

Patna

6. Vaishali

Named after king Vishal of the Mahabharat era, Vashali is a small district which is considered to be extremely highly revered for Hindus, Jains and Buddhists. Along with being the first republic of the world (6th century BCE) and the birthplace of Lord Mahavira, Vaishali is also the place where Lord Buddha gave his very last sermon before passing in to a state of Mahaparinirvana. This village remains flocked by tourists, pilgrims, devotees and travelers throughout the year due to its historical significance as well as its innate capacity to make everyone feel a deep sense of serenity and calmness.

Places to visit – Vishwa Shanti Stupa, the Ashokan pillar, Abhishek Pushkarni, Buddha’s Stupa.

Best time to visit – October to March

Vaishali

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