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Temples & Legends Of Bihar
Index Of Bihar Kulapati's Preface
Preface Author
Phulher Ma Paudi
Benusagar Mandar Hill
Sultanganj Konch
Mundesvari Parasnath
Vaisali Nalanda
Patan Devi Aranya Devi
Shahabad Sonepur
Uchaitha Kurkihar
Masarh Maheshi
Jagarnathpur Harmandir
Deoghar Singheshwarsthan
Mahabodhi  
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

MAHABODHI

There are also a few samadhis of the Giri Mohants. The Saivite Mohant of Buddha Gaya was one of the richest Zamindars in Northern India. The Zamindari has now been taken over by the State. The famous Niranjara River, often referred to in Buddhist literature, is to the east of the temple. According to the legend, Prince Siddhartha crossed the Niranjara River while on his way to the shade of the Bodhi tree. Sujatakuti is the site of Sujata's house on the opposite side of the Niranjara River and now marked by a brick mound. 

Niranjara River is now called Lilanjan. According to the Buddhist legend, it was in this river that Gautama bathed and put his begging bowl on the water and declared that the bowl would go upstream if he were to become the Buddha. This is said to be what actually happened and Gautama knew that he -was near his life's ambition. Gaya is on the left bank of this river at a distance of 7 miles. Gaya has the famous Vishnupada temple, where the Hindus offer pinda or oblations for the welfare of their dead ancestors. 

The Hindu pilgrims also visit Buddha Gaya where they repeat the ritual under the Bodhi tree specially set apart for this purpose. Vishnupada temple has a slab with foot-prints and the Buddhist think that they are of Lord Buddha.

 

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