Difference between revisions of "Gaya"
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“Gaya is a picturesque city. Rocky hills most of them crowned by temples, surround it, and even jut into the town… It is a place of great sanctity and a very important place of pilgrimage, the central point of which is the Vishnupad temple, which enshrines the footprints of Vishnu. The temple was built in the 18th century by the Maratha princess Ahlyabati… The hills around the city are also places of sanctity. The highest is that of Brahmajuni, which rises precipitately to a height of 450 feet above the plain… Six miles south of Gaya is the great temple of Bodh Gaya, one of the holiest places in the world, and the most sacred of all places to the Buddhists… These (Barabar) hills are 6-8 miles east of Bela railway station, the second railway station on the way to Patna… This is the site of the ancient Silabhadra monastery… On a low ridge of granite in the southern corner of the valley are the famous Barabar caves… The reader of E.M.Forster’s book A Passage to India will recall the incident of which the scene is one of these caves.” - Sir John Houlton in Bihar the Heart of India.
Ramna Road is a main shopping center.