Buddhism is a scientific philosophy rather than a religion, practiced by people in many parts of the world.
Four sacred places
Buddhist literature features stories related to events of the Lord Buddha’s life. One such story is about the four most sacred places that should be visited by every Buddhist at least once in their lifetime, the four being the place of birth, place of enlightenment, place of the first sermon, and the place of attaining ‘parinibbana’ or death of Lord Buddha.
Place of Enlightenment
Out of these four sacred places, Bodhgaya is the second, which is the place of enlightenment of Lord Buddha. Every year you can see many Buddhists looking for a hotel in Bodhgaya, located to many places of worships in the area such as Oaks Bodhgaya, along with some common pilgrimage buildings.
Things to see in Bodhgaya
It is believed that the Lord Buddha had gained eternal knowledge while meditating under the Bodhi tree of Bodhgaya. To the east of this Bodhi tree, there is the ancient temple of ‘Maha Bodhi Viharaya’, built by the Indian Emperor Dharmashoka. You can also see the Shaivite Monastery, Lotus Tank and Bodh Gaya Museum in the close proximity.
Many Buddhist festivals are now celebrated in Bodhgaya including Buddha Jayanti, Anagarika Dharmapala Birth anniversary, The Revival day for Buddhism in Modern India, and the monthly Almsgiving for Buddhist priests on every Full Moon Poya day.
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