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AS A PILGRIM
Gaya was the next halt in their onward march. They feasted their
eyes with the splendour of the Bodhi-tree that had transformed the
ordinary Prince into that of a World Teacher. After paying due
obeisance, the emperor gave a largesse of a hundred thousand gold
pieces to the people, besides building a grand Chaitya.
visited next Rishipattana--the Present Saranath, near Banaras, where
the venerable master proclaimed his new faith to the world first,
and it was from here that "the Wheel of Dharma" started
its onward march. The people in addition to enjoying the sight of
the royal pilgrim received his munificence.