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Vishnupad Temple Gaya

Introduction:


Considered as second after Banaras among the holy cities in India, Gaya is situated in the state of Bihar at 100 km to the south of Patna, on the banks of the Falgu River.


It is renowned all over India for its Vishnu-pad Temple and Mangla-gauri Shakti Peeth. Situated close by is the world famous Buddhist site Bodhgaya where Lord Buddha attained knowledge.


The key ritual in Gaya is performing Shraddh and offering Pind-daan to ancestors. Therefore this place is said to be the bridge between the mortal world and the divine world.


The belief about the Durgeshwari Temple (Sujata Sthan) is that this is where Lord Buddha accepted food from Sujata. Buddha is said to be the ninth incarnation of Vishnu.


Noted anthropologist Lalit Prasad Vidyarthi studied the religious complexes and rituals of Gaya and propounded the concept of SACRED COMPLEX which is of immense help in understanding the development of Indian culture.
 
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