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MAHABODHI

He passed a few weeks more at the village Uruvila, which is now known as Bodh Gaya or Buddha Gaya. His mind was torn with the ideas as to whether he should keep the supreme knowledge he bad obtained to himself or he should share it with others. It is said that, during this period of mental turmoil, for one week continuously he was to look intently at the Bodhi tree, under which he had obtained the supreme enlightenment. For another week lie would walk to and fro deeply engrossed in his thoughts. Yet another week he would go round a particular place or be absorbed in meditation.

A mythical story has been introduced here that Muchalinda, the king of serpents, spread his hood on Buddha's head to protect him from rain and sun when he would be lost to the world in meditation. Buddha decided to share with the world his spiritual knowledge and the way to obtain peace and serenity. Hir, mind turned to his five disciples who had left him in disgust when he decided to take food, so as not to impose unnecessary austerity on the physique.Buddha went to Rishipatan and reclaimed his five disciples. At Rishipatan (modern Sarnath nearVaranasi) he delivered his first sermon and set in motion "the Wheel of the Law" (dharmachakrapravartana).

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